Sex and full-frontal nudity worry more parents than violence in determining movie ratings, according to a survey.
A majority of parents also believe that even one use of the F-word should give a movie an R rating instead of PG-13, according to the findings of the 2015 Parents Ratings Advisory Study, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter.
The survey was commissioned by the Classification and Rating Administration, run by the National Association of Theater Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America, to determine if movie ratings are in synch with parents’ feelings.
“The members of the rating board are tasked with rating a film the way a majority of American parents from across the country would rate it. We provide information and guidance; we do not censor or give any kind of critical judgment on a film’s artistic quality,” wrote CARA chairman Joan Graves on the MPAA’s blog.
According to the study, parents are most concerned about graphic sex scenes (80 percent), full male nudity (72 percent), hard drug use (70 percent) and full female nudity (70 percent). Fewer parents were concerned about graphic violence (64 percent) and horror violence (59 percent). Use of the F-word warranted concern by 62 percent of parents. Partial and brief nudity concerned 57 percent of parents.