Why is it rated R?
Could you please tell me.
The film was rated R because of when it was made, which was in the very earliest days of the rating system. If the exact same film were rated today, it would be PG-13, or maybe even PG. Same goes for many other films of that era.share
If I were to take a guess I'd say the scene when one of the girls is shoved into the fireplace and a shot of her on fire trying to crawl out may have warranted the 'R' otherwise the rest of the film seems to be standard 'PG-13' material.
I agree the fireplace scene is the only thing i could think of that could be considered R material, but that's if were talking then (when it was made, if re-rated it would definitly be PG-13. and as for the other person who said maybe even PG. umm the testes, (pun intended), in the movie take drugs, which i dont know for sure but i think even now days, in this f'ed up society we live in, would give that a PG. but anyways.share
More than anything it's the "DRUG" subject matter and also the (almost) violence towards the children of the babysitter.
Child endangerment, even if in a movie isn't something the ratings board goes for.
The fact they never really show the girls burned looks like a PG.
actually , the Burned Bodies are visible , altho only in a Few Frames.share
There are several obscenities in the film. And, those claiming it would get a PG or PG-13 are mistaken. If anything, today the rules on use of the F-bomb are worse. Even one used in a sexual context can get you an R-rating today. ONE.
P.S. You can use a single F-bomb in a "non-sexual" context and get a PG-13 today. There are several in this film, so it would be an automatic R even without the burning scene.
The woman being thrown into the fire and children in peril (babysitter chasing children with knife) merits an R rating.share