The “Star Wars” saga has always been fun for the whole family, but at the end of the day the buzzkills at the Motion Picture Association of America still need to do their job. Most “Star Wars” films to date have merely been classified as PG, but the dark, somber tone of “The Force Awakens” means that the latest entry to the “Star Wars” universe will garner a somewhat stricter rating.
Variety has confirmed that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has officially received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, primarily for "sci-fi action violence." This is pretty much the exact reason one would expect an installment in the “Star Wars” saga to receive such a rating. Despite being largely bloodless affairs – lightsabers and blasters conveniently cauterize wounds – the “Star Wars” films are still about wars at the end of the day; as a result of this they tend to rack up some fairly impressive body counts. It also puts to fears – or hopes? – that we may get a wookiee nude scene at some point in the film.
This rating is not exactly an unprecedented decision for the franchise. While the first two prequel films were primarily geared towards younger audiences, the most recent – and arguably darkest – entry to the “Star Wars” saga (“Revenge of the Sith”) garnered a PG-13 rating as well. It’s also worth noting that the original trilogy was released during a time when the PG-13 rating did not exist, and as such, it seems likely that a film like “The Empire Strikes Back” would have also received a PG-13 rating if the option had been available. Check out the final trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” below to see if it deserves a PG-13 rating.