Jurassic World Gets a PG-13
Jurassic World has just received its rating from the MPAA and has received a PG-13 rating. This should not come as much of a surprise. To some, the rating actually is a relief. Concerns over whether or not the film would drop down to a PG rating did weigh on the mind of some diehard Jurassic Park fans like Brad Reifler who is excited for the good old dinosaur scare (bradcreifler.com).
While it is true these films are designed to be family friendly, there are also intended to present thrills, chills, and more than a few scare. Big dinosaurs are supposed to put a bit of a fright into people. Would a PG rated man-eating dinosaur be any less scary than a PG-13 one. Honestly, the rating reflects the tone of Jurassic World. Going into pure PG-rating land could mean the edge ends up being taken off of a somewhat serious fantasy-adventure tale.
A PG version of a Jurassic tale could mean the series is going the “Finding Nemo” route of family fare. In other words, the adventure would be bereft of any scares and the narrative ends up containing a lot of cutesy humor. Taking Jurassic World into such a direction surely runs the risk of turning a potential blockbuster into an outright disaster.
Studios have made horrible mistakes in the past. Apparently, this particular film is on the right track. Hopefully, fans of the original films have long memories and they show up in theaters when this one opens.