80’s Movies and Their Wacky Ratings

December 10, 2007



I’m sure many of you have either seen or heard about movies in earlier decades, especially in the 1980s, with lower ratings than they should have. One of the more notable films is Sixteen Candles. This film, which is rated PG, has strong language, adult themes and nudity. It surprises many when they watch this movie to learn that it is rated only PG. I had another surprise a few weeks ago. I recently rented Weird Science, another 80s movie with Anthony Michael Hall. The movie was rated PG-13, but, like Sixteen Candles, contained nudity and strong language, which should have pushed it to an R rating. I recently saw a few other 80s movies as well. I watched Footloose, which was filmed in Utah, and Can’t Buy Me Love. Footloose was rated PG, but definitely should be re-rated to PG-13. There are several adult themes, including sexual themes, which are very inappropriate for children. Can’t Buy Me Love, PG-13, has a more appropriate rating, but still deals with adult and sexual themes. Again, this movie would not be appropriate for children. After watching these movies I couldn’t help, but think that the standards for movies were severely different then they are today. These movies stand as examples that even though the rating may be low, the content is still questionable and may be inappropriate for most people.


To be completely honest, it’s hard to criticize these movies. I sort of grew up with them and they’re very entertaining!


One Response to “80’s Movies and Their Wacky Ratings”

  1. Tyler Says:

    I recently rewatched Big, which is rated PG, and was really surprised at the content. There’s an f-word and an (almost) sex scene. Some of the movies you mentioned may have been rated PG before the PG-13 rating was created in 1984 (in fact, they might have had something to do with realizing the need for a new rating), but Big was released a few years later, so I’m still perplexed…

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