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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Rated "PG" (Updated: Now on MPAA website)

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Posted by: sue
January 07, 2009, 03:42 PM

A new report is online today, stating a rating has been given to the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rope of Silicon is reporting that the sixth Harry Potter film has been rated PG for

"scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality." Update: This has now appeared on the MPAA website, with a definite PG rating.

As readers will recall GoF and OotP have both been rated PG-13, with PoA the last PG rated movie in the series.

Thanks to Rope of Silicon and Kyle

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Well Im certainly glad to see that Im not the only one who thinks you guys who are whining and jumping to conclusions are being just plain stupid and childish. Have we seen the movie? NO. Do the trailers look Dark and violent? YES. I even gave an example of a very bloody and scary movie that was rated PG, it may have been the seventies like I said but its still an example. Calm your freakin butts down. Its the same everytime there is a new cast member, or something you expected in your head didnt come out. I could name a handful of movies that I looked at the rating and thought this should be higher or lower than what it is. God only know why the MPAA rates the movies the way they do, that is why stereotypes about PG, and G movies are PLAIN DUMB. So for the last time think before you speak and CALM DOWN.

Posted by BellaSnape on January 08, 2009, 12:16 PM report to moderator

I don’t think this movie should be PG either this was the one book that I had trouble reading alone in my room at night I thought the cave scene was terrifying and i was 16 when I read it.

Posted by sarah on January 08, 2009, 12:19 PM report to moderator

Additionally, PoA was probably the best of the films, and it was PG. I really don’t need to see Draco bleeding all over the place or wet my pants in terror to enjoy the film. Honestly, people, this isn’t the “Saw” franchise…

Posted by dcrazmo on January 08, 2009, 12:22 PM report to moderator

This book gave us a veiw of what the war was like on the home front, and it really concerns me that WB won’t be able to convey horrible-ness of the situation with a PG rating…..this better be a good movie. If they even try to subdue the impact of dumbledore’s death for the sake of a PG rating I think it would make people pretty angry.

Posted by KC on January 08, 2009, 12:37 PM report to moderator

Guys, really, calm down. The MPAA from time to time ups its standards on what constitutes PG vs. PG-13 or even R. Honestly, I did not think OOTP was a legitimately PG-13 movie. And there are plenty of horror films that squeak by with a PG rating.

Heck, PG-13 only came to be in existence a little over a decade ago. And honestly, it’s a dumb rating because when has anyone here EVER been turned away because they were under 13? Hmm? Didn’t think so.

It’s still an HP movie, it’s still going to be dark, the rating changes absolutely NOTHING. Don’t want to see it because it’ll be too “kiddie” now that it’s got a PG rating? Grow up.

Posted by Zach on January 08, 2009, 12:48 PM report to moderator

So we dont see Draco bleeding all over the place. Big deal! And the end battle is not there. Inferi effects are very subjective – maybe the MPAA was not scared. So what? Lets see the film and decide, shall we?

Posted by Vineeth on January 08, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator

We can compare the rating to what it will be for the UK and other countries to see if other boards agree with this rating. In my opinion it doesn’t even matter!

Posted by lunalovegoodlove on January 08, 2009, 01:00 PM report to moderator
Lily Phoenix

Further proof that this movie is going to be the worst of the bunch. Seriously, I don’t know what else I could hear to make me dislike this movie more.

Posted by Lily Phoenix on January 08, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator

So much ado over a silly little rating! So many comments, I’m sure this has been mentioned already, but just in case…here’s a very possible scenario, happens in movies all the time. The producers have Draco scream “F—-!!!” during the sectumsempra scene. The ratings board says it’ll be rated PG-13 because of that. The producers ask “Well, if we cut out the F-word, can we have a PG rating?” And the ratings board says “Sure.”

It’s a silly little trick they do in movies quite often.

Posted by ScottMan on January 08, 2009, 01:03 PM report to moderator

Lily Phoenix, really? Because this has been given a PG rating that means it’s going to be the worst of the bunch? Even if the content is PG-13 material? Thanks for letting us know of such flawless logic!

Posted by Dylan on January 08, 2009, 01:09 PM report to moderator

Movie ratings can change. You have a time period to adjust your film and resubmit. The latest Die-Hard movie originally received an R rating which upset them. They had to tone it down so they could reach a broader audience. Honestly, I think a PG-13 rating is better for a movie because you’ll always get the kids to come (with parents) but now adults will think it can appeal to them also. The Simpsons Movie was rated PG-13 for “Irreverent humor throughout.” There are different ways to approach the rating system. I think it is more a reflection of society and MPAA then the actually movie. PG use to feel like a stronger rating but lately it’s been watered down to seem more like G. I still have faith in the movie. It’s our system of judgment that’s confusing.

Posted by eiVega on January 08, 2009, 01:11 PM report to moderator

Sectumsempra is still in it, all the scary bloody violent stuff is still in it. You worry warts are assuming. Which makes a you know what out of yourselves.

Posted by BellaSnape on January 08, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator

Do you know why it’s rated PG? So that FAMILIES can go see it, together! That’s WB’s target! “Tentpole family film”, remember?

Harry Potter doesn’t have sex, nudity, or drug abuse in it, and the violence is at a minimum (Don’t use "Sectumsempra as an excuse, I mean “Final Destination” violence). So there’s no need for it to be PG-13. Period.

Posted by John on January 08, 2009, 01:17 PM report to moderator

In Canada, all PG-13 movies are automatically converted to PG, and most American “R” movies are either 14A or 18A, depending on the content. We don’t put up with PG-13 nonsense, because there’s no frickin’ point for that rating at all.

The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix were crap, and they were “PG-13” in America. So maybe it’s a GOOD thing the Half-Blood Prince was rated PG?

Posted by Lucy on January 08, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
I don't post

Well, one thing is for sure… at least now the fans have something to post about.

Posted by I don't post on January 08, 2009, 01:49 PM report to moderator
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