November 27, 2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just received an official rating of “PG-13” from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) because of the movie’s “sci-fi action violence”. The Force Awakens is only the second Star Wars film (the first was Revenge of the Sith in 2005) to receive the PG-13 rating.
The other five Star Wars movies each received a rating of PG. The PG-13 rating was created in 1984, after the original trilogy had already been released.
While the rating advises parents that some scenes might be inappropriate for children younger than 13, the PG-13 label will hardly deter youngsters or their parents from seeing Episode VII.
Arch villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is responsible for a good chunk – but not all – of the heightened violence. The newest trailer focuses more heavily on Kylo Ren and hints at the violence about to unfold.