Godzilla: King of Monsters' MPAA Rating Revealed

The Classification and Rating Administration, an arm of the MPAA, issued their latest bulletin assigning ratings for upcoming releases. Godzilla: King of the Monsters made the list with a PG-13 rating.

The sequel to 2014's Godzilla is rated PG-13 for "sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language." The rating indicates Godzilla: King of the Monsters will cater to as wide an audience as possible and follow the expected formula of Toho, concentrating on kaiju battles as the human characters deal with the situation.

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The MPAA has existed in some form since the Hays Code of the 1920s. A PG-13 rating was lobbied for in the mid-80s by Steven Spielberg when PG became too broad for adult themes. In the 2000s, PG-13 lost its edge and became seen as a marker of tame genre movies, particularly supernatural horror. This phenomenon gave rise to the stigma of "PG-13 horror."

What this means for the new Godzilla film isn't quite certain. Test screenings for Godzilla: King of the Monsters held in March received positive feedback, with some calling the movie "awesome." A more recent test screening, however, left one Redditor saying the film is "really bad."

The world at large will find out for sure when Godzilla: King of the Monsters -- starring Millie Bobby Brown, Ziyi Zhang, Michael Chandler and Vera Farmiga -- hits theaters May 31, 2019.

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