The Motion Picture Association of America (or MPAA) is the most prominent and well-known ratings system for Film. The MPAA is a volunteer organization that was created in the early-1920s. The MPAA must review everything they see a full script, review all art assets, and even watch the film before they give a final rating, and they'll sometimes revise that rating post-launch if circumstances warrant.
Before adding examples to under the age ratings, there are some points to consider:
- See Media Classifications for systems used in other countries.
- MPAA was formed in 1922. Films that were released before that time will not be listed under them. However, there is a chance that they will be listed under them due to Digital Distribution.
- It is possible to have the same movie be given different age ratings. This is because some films have changed over time. Sometimes features have to be removed from differing versions, which decreases the age rating.
- You can access the MPAA website itself here.
The age ratings that MPAA uses:
- Ages 3+ G (General Audiences)
- Ages 7+ PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Ages 13+ PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Ages 17+ R (Restricted)
- Ages 18+ NC-17 (Adults Only)
- N/A NR (Not Rated)