Despite fan theories and rumors, we know relatively little about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But now we know something we didn’t know before: The Force Awakens has received a rating of PG-13.
That’s surprising. Every other Star Wars movie has received a rating of PG, except one: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The 2005 movie earned that rating too, when Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side. We didn’t see him killing a roomful of children. But the hint of it was sinister enough to frighten the under-13 crowd—and deeply unsettle adults. This means that The Force Awakens, the first installment in the third trilogy, has more mature material than we would otherwise expect from a movie that is primed to market toys to small children.
Concerned parents will have to see The Force Awakens for themselves to judge whether it will be too frightening for their kids. Considering that most of the children I'm acquainted with are eagerly anticipating the new Star Wars movie, parents may be facing a dilemma: risk upsetting their children with frightening material or risk upsetting their children by withholding the film. I don't need the Force to see this will be a difficult decision for those with younglings.
The rest of us will gladly see a Star Wars movie with PG-13 intensity. Then again, I would love an R-rated Star Wars movie. I can’t be the only one. Sound off in the comments.