Arts & Entertainment

MPAA Ratings System: How Films Are Rated

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 2 min read

There are many factors you may consider before deciding to watch a movie. If you have kids, one of those factors might be a film’s MPAA rating. These ratings (G, PG, PG-13, R, and N-17) are the standard by which the United States judges which movies may be inappropriate for children.