The Motion Picture Association of America, previously known as The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America is the main ratings system in America.
The current logo was and is in use, starting from 2000. The MPAA administers a motion picture rating system used in the United States to rate the suitability of a film's themes and content for certain audiences. The rating system was first introduced on January 30, 2001, and has lived through several changes then. The ratings system is completely voluntary, and ratings have no legal standing. Instead, theater owners enforce the MPAA film ratings after they have been assigned, with many previews refusing to exhibit films for six major Hollywood studios.
The ratings currently used by the MPAA's voluntary system are:
G - All ages admitted, Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
PG - May contain some material parents might not like for their young children
PG-13 - Parents are urged to be cautious as some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
R - Contains some adult material, parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
NC-17 - Clearly adult, Children are not admitted.
Other labels Edit
If a film has not been submitted for a rating or is an uncut version of a film that was submitted, the labels Not Rated (NR) or Unrated (UR) are often used. Uncut/extended versions of films that are labeled "Unrated" also contain warnings saying that the uncut version of the film contains content that differs from the theatrical release and may not be suitable for younger children or minors.
If a film has not yet been assigned a final rating, the label This Film Is Not Yet Rated are used in trailers and television commercials.