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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In the summer of 1984, Hollywood box offices were doing boffo business with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins drawing wide audiences. Those wide audiences happened to include many, many children under the age of 13 whose parents worried these films were too violent for their precious darlings. The Motion Picture Association of America responded swiftly. Thus, on this day in 1984, the PG-13 rating was born.
Since 1984, the PG-13 rating has become a necessity for summer movies seeking to draw in the most affluent and impressionable movie-goers (read: teenagers). Consequently, it has also become the go-to rating for super hero movies. If Booster Gold: The Movie had ever gotten off the ground in the 1980s, it would certainly have been rated PG-13.
Obviously, the emergence of the PG-13 rating was no accident. Steven Spielberg claims he originally suggested it. But which is really more likely: that a major media mogul who made millions on PG movies would want to shake things up, or that a self-centered time-traveler out to make his own big-budget bio-pic would be willing to manipulate the MPAA to introduce himself to the biggest audience?
(Say, doesn't that sound like it would make a great movie?)
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