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Latest MPAA Ratings #136

New 'Harry Potter' gets soft and 'Black Freighter' rating goes hard

Rated PG For scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.
Release Date: July 17, 2009
Rated PG-13 For some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images.
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Rated PG-13 For brief strong language and some sensuality.
Release Date: August 7, 2009
Rated R For pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence.
Release Date: April 10, 2009
Rated R For violence and pervasive language.
Release Date: June 12, 2009
Tales Of The Black Freighter
Rated R For violent and grisly images.
Release Date: Will be an animated part of the Watchmen DVD release from Warner Premiere
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  • Garrett

    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - PG?? Weren't people saying this would be the darkest and most maturest film in the series so far?

  • Tom


    Yup, and this is a setback for a series that should be growing darker and darker.

  • atl roller`

    if harry potter is aiming more for a younger audience in this film it is going to be very upseting! i am looking so forward for this film and i hope it doesnt disappoint.

  • Dayna

    I hope this movie isn't some pansy, sugary take on the book.
    Hopefully it just means the MPAA is loosening up a bit.

  • joker47

    observe and report got an will prob be paul blart mall cop to the max!

  • JM

    Actually, as a book "The Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows" were both lighter in tone than "The Order of the Phoenix." I think OOTP is the best of the 7 books, and I was sad when books 6 & 7 reverted to the lighter tone that Books 2-4 had (Book 1 had its own style, which was yet lighter). But I'm still sad about the PG rating. A little bit, at least.

  • Luiz

    Not really, JM. I think the Sectumsempra fiasco and Hermione's torture scene are stronger than anything in Order of the Phoenix. Also, Katie Bell's poisoning and Umbridge's muggle inquisition are pretty damn scary for a PG movie. So, consider me concerned...

  • Justin Casey

    i'm gonna side with everyone and say i'm shocked that harry potter is rated pg and mild sensuality in the book he loses his virginity so i thought for sur eit would be pg-13 but i hope it will still be as good as the trailers are making it out to be

  • Courtney Smith

    I cannot believe that harry potter got a PG rating. I personally think that this book has some of the darkest moments of the series. I mean, I can't picture the Sectusempra scene going that well if they can't really convay what is happening. I seriously hope that it IS the ratings board loosening up...but I doubt it. I just hope that this doesn't screw up the rest of the series too badly.

  • Gregory

    Half-Blood Prince felt like a PG-13. Guess it was a really hard PG.