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Posted: February 18, 2010

Movie Classifications and Ratings

USCCB Classifications:

(U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Film and Broadcasting)
A-I -- general patronage;

A-II -- adults and adolescents;

A-III -- adults;

L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling.

A-IV* -- DISCONTINUED RATING. Originally adults, with reservations (an A-IV classification designates problematic films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, require caution and some analysis and explanation as a safeguard against wrong interpretations and false conclusions);

O -- morally offensive.

* Archived movies rated A-IV should now be considered as if rated L.

MPAA Ratings:

(Motion Picture Association of America)

G - general audiences, all ages admitted

PG - parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children

PG-13 - parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13

R - restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

NC-17 - no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)


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