Movie Classifications and Ratings - Catholic Courier

Movie Classifications and Ratings

Catholic News Service Classifications:

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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