Gun violence in children-targeted films tops level in R-rated movies

GUN violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985, and now exceeds the level found in R-rated movies, a new analysis finds.

With that increase, big-budget Hollywood movies may be adding fuel to aggressive attitudes and behaviors in young moviegoers, says a new study in December’s Pediatrics, published online today.

Researchers also found that after 1984, when the PG-13 rating was introduced, gun violence declined in G- or PG-rated films; remaining flat in R-rated films; and increased dramatically in PG-13 films. PG-13 is short for “Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.” R-rated movies are restricted to audiences age 17 and older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Since 2009, the level of gun violence in PG-13 films has been as high as or higher than in R-rated films and has exceeded that level since 2012, the analysis shows.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/11/guns-violence-movies/3469607/

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3 thoughts on “Gun violence in children-targeted films tops level in R-rated movies

  1. They don’t seem to trust that kids will actually like good quality decent films. They lack imagination. What about films like Journey to the Centre of the Earth or The Swiss Family Robinson

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