MPAA Adjusts Rating Description for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
October 27, 2010, 05:01 AM
As you may recall, the MPAA rated "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" as PG-13 for "sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery." They have since amended their reasoning for giving "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" a PG-13 rating by adding "brief sensuality."
"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be released November 19th.
either way…i’m excited!!! :D
Perhaps they are referring to Ron’s vision of Harry and Hermione in the scene where he destroys the locket.
“Does the MPAA use a stopwatch to decide if the sensuality is brief??”
children can go to a movie rated up to R when accompanied by an adult.
I am sure that the PG rating is because of the locket scene. I am still going to that movie, no matter what rating it gets!
From what I’ve read, it sounds like the vision that the locket shows Ron of Harry and Hermione kissing is rendered in the movie with them being nude from the waist up, but as they are locked in an embrace this will only be apparent from a back view. Thus it would qualify as ‘sensuality’ but not cross the line into what the MPAA would classify as lewdness or outright nudity. It would still take some explaining to little kids, so parents are well-advised to leave them home if they’re not comfortable with that idea. Then again, it never fails to amaze me how much explicit violence and gore many parents will expose their little ones to in the movies – why a little mild sensuality is seen as worse is beyond me.
In the UK a 12A certificate means that children under 12 cannot attend unless with an adult, and the parent/guardian is responsible for deciding if their child can cope with it. I remember a friend of mine was thinking of taking a very young and rather sensitive child to see ‘Half-Blood Prince’. I implored her to go and see it herself first, as I felt that the ‘Inferi in the lake’ scene was too strong for him. On seeing it, she agreed. I think the authorities in the UK are probably slightly more tolerant over sex (and swearing) than those in the US, and less so over violence, but WeenyOwl’s comments still apply.
At least they’re not taking anything out of the book.
BUT my mom’s coming with me…. i’ll have to explain to her that in the book that they weren’t naked…
I must say that this actually made me wildly happy. I think that’s because this is HP; we don’t normally have sensual scenes and the like. It’s way different, but I think it’s very appropriate, as these are the last two films and are going to be pretty mature.
As for where this part is, it most likely is the Harry/Hermione kiss that Ron has to watch before he kills the locket. All of the people who watched the test screening said that that bit was very intense…
wow MPAA thank god you warned us of “brief sensuality” the 13-year-olds might be able to handle “sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery” but we all need to be warned about “brief sensuality” it’s one kiss and a wedding…America is too soft on it’s youth
Pah! Ever since PG-13 started applying to everything from the largely benign “The Blind Side” to the offensive-on-many-levels like “Blades of Glory”, I have been turning to www.ParentPreviews.org to help me decide which things my elementary school aged children can see. Usually a C+ or better is my screening tool.
Harry Potter 7 is different though since everyone in the family has already read the book. And, the images JKR has conjured up in my mind have been far worse than those the film makers have been able to create.
KB Prez’s comment killed me.
I dont think that simply kissing is too sensual
Never quite understood the rating criteria of the MPAA. Oh well.
i don t remember the locket scene being so sensual … but sounds good still :D