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MA 15+ stands for Mature Accompanied. These movies and games have strong content. That's why shops and cinemas are not legally allowed to sell under 15s MA 15+ games or movies without a parent or guardian present.

Quick guide to Australian classification ratings video

Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) is one of the seven classification categories of the Australian film rating system and one of the six for the computer game system of the Australian Classification Board.

In 1993, this classification category was created to fill the large gap between the M and the R ratings.

It is a legally restricted classification category as it contains strong content that is unsuitable for exhibition to persons under 15 years. A person may be asked to show proof of their age before hiring or purchasing an MA 15+ film or computer game. Cinema staff may also request that the person show proof of their age before allowing them to watch an MA 15+ film. People under 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian for the duration of the exhibition. Material classified MA 15+ may not be sold to anyone under the age stated without adult accompaniment. If a person under 15 wants to see an MA 15+ film and they are accompanied, the adult must purchase the movie ticket for the child. In Queensland, this restriction does not apply to minors under two years of age for public exhibition only.

Factors[edit | edit source]

Language[edit | edit source]

In terms of coarse language, "c**t" may be used if not excessive or aggressive. One use of the strongest language is allowed. Profanities such as Sh*t, F**k, or B**ch could vary between using Sh*t a few times, to firing said swears at least once per sentence, with the definite example being South Park. Vulgar uses of Sex terms are also quite common, especially in comedies.

Sex[edit | edit source]

In the classification guidelines of computer games, nudity or sexual activity that is related to incentives and rewards cannot be accommodated within the MA 15+ category. Instead, games containing the aforementioned material will automatically receive an R 18+ classification.

Violence[edit | edit source]

Violence may be strong, but frequent portrayals must be justified by context.

Drug use[edit | edit source]

Drug taking scenes may be portrayed as long as it is not condoned.

Horror/Fear[edit | edit source]

Themes[edit | edit source]

Examples of MA 15+ material[edit | edit source]

A significant majority of films here belong to the Horror, Crime, War or Thriller genre, even though some superhero movies like Deadpool and Logan are rated here due to the higher amount of violence, and in the case of the latter, language. For Tv shows, the genre tend to be the same as films, however a lot amount of adult comedies are also included. Anime included here tends to be Seinen (young adult) anime, however like Superhero movies, some Shonen anime such as Attack on Titan and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are rated this due to their brutal amounts of violence and dark themes, but language tends to be milder than Western Animated adult comedies.

Films[edit | edit source]

  • Deadpool (Strong bloody violence and sex scene)
  • Deadpool 2 (Strong bloody violence and coarse language)
  • Logan (Strong Bloody Violence)
  • Fifty Shades Trilogy (Strong sex scenes)
  • Grimsby (Strong crude sexual humour and nudity)
  • The Nice Guys (Strong violence, sex, nudity and coarse language)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (edited version) (Frequent strong coarse language and drug use)
  • The Bad Guy (2013) (Sex, drug use, strong coarse language)
  • Goat Simulator (2014) (Coarse language, strong sex themes, and restricted use)
    • Over five hundred utterances of f**k and several of c**t. The uses of the strongest language are in a comic context which still gives the edited version a MA 15+ classification. The strongest sexual scenes and drug taking scenes have been edited in the MA 15+ version.
  • Sausage Party (Strong crude sexual humour, coarse language and drug use)
  • Whiplash (Strong coarse language)
  • The Punisher (Strong and sadistic violence)
  • The Punisher: War Zone (Strong bloody violence and gore)
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut (Strong Coarse Language And Sex References)

TV-Shows[edit | edit source]

  • The Walking Dead
  • South Park
  • Family Guy (Season 4 Onwards)
  • American Dad! (Season 12 Onwards)
  • The Handmaid‘s Tale
  • Rick and Morty
  • Breaking Bad
  • Big Mouth (Season 2 Onwards)
  • Attack on Titan
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • One Punch Man
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Computer Games[edit | edit source]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Strong themes and violence, online interactivity)
  • Dishonored 2 (Strong bloody violence)
  • EA Sports UFC 2 (Strong sporting violence, online interactivity)
  • Titanfall 2 (Strong battle violence, online interactivity)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Strong violence, online interactivity)
  • All of the God of War series except Ascension

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • MA15+ material may be broadcast from 8:30 p.m. on Australian television. Some stronger MA15+ material was previously placed into an AV15+ category that was broadcast from 9:30 p.m.; this classification was abolished on December 2015 according to ACMA's new broadcasting guidelines.
  • Big Mouth and South Park are the only shows to have a changed rating. Big Mouth used to be classified R18+ and South Park used to be classified M.
  • Prior to 2013, computer games could only be classified up to MA 15+, and a computer game which has high impact content would be Refused Classification.
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