How the PG-13 rating changed the world

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Sep 5, 2014

Journey with us through the fogs of time back to the ancient past, when you could get away with blood, swearing, and the occasional instance of partial nudity in a PG film, and studios didn't treat R-rated releases like potential box office poison. It was an era when an influential young filmmaker would single-handedly change the future of movies simply by suggesting the appendage of two numbers to an existing rating. The year? 1984. The filmmaker? Steven Spielberg. The rating? PG-13.

Fast-forward to today, and a world in which PG-13 has come to bestride the industry like a great colossus. How did we get from there to here? What is it about the PG-13 rating that has led to it so dominating the board, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror (yes, even horror) genres? And where does this long, winding, bloodless, one-f-bomb-allowed road lead? 

Join Battlestar Galactica's Nicki Clyne (@nickiclyne on Twitter) and Blastr TV below for an exploration of one of the most influential developments in movie history: The birth and rise of PG-13.

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