This is PG?!

July 29 to August 4

Those of us of a certain age remember the feeling: going into a movie with the gentle PG rating and emerging pleasantly traumatized. This was the lost paradise of the pre–PG-13 era, when the gulf between the ratings of PG (Parental Guidance suggested) and R (Restricted)—imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America in 1968—was as massive as the gaping wounds in, well, the PG-rated Jaws. That wouldn’t be the last Spielberg film to terrorize tots and piss off parents: the Hollywood titan’s cartoonish gorefests Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins were directly responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating in 1984. But such measures couldn’t repair the damage done. All the titles in this series were and forever will be PG, despite explicitly violent or sexual content. Each one has at least one moment that will make you exclaim to your seatmate or yourself: “This Is PG?!”
Special thanks to Michael Koresky.

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