G: General Audiences
There are very few films, television shows or stage plays that can be rated G anymore. Even some Disney animated movies receive PG ratings. To receive a G rating, a film must have no content that is generally considered offensive. This would include a ban on adult situations and themes as well a ban on even the mildest profanity. We use this standard for our plays as well and point out the phrase, ‘generally considered offensive.’ Individuals who tend to be offended by things that do not offend the majority of theatre-goers must take that phrase into consideration.
PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
The PG rating indicates that some material may not be suitable for children. Some mild profanity and adult situations, including sexual innuendo, may be presented. Please note the phrase ‘parental guidance suggested’ and remember that there are wide ranges of parenting styles and protectiveness. All of these styles cannot be covered with one rating.
PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
Parents of children under 13 are strongly cautioned to consider the appropriateness of the material. A PG-13 rating may include a few cases of strong profanity, adult situations (although not explicitly so), possible scanty clothing (films with PG-13 sometimes include brief nudity but Good Company Players is very careful about exposing actors and will avoid it unless absolutely necessary to the story). Shows with this rating may portray some violence but not graphically.
More Restrictive Ratings
Good Company Players has historically not produced shows requiring anything higher than a PG-13 rating, but there may come a time when we feel a piece is so important that we wish to produce it even though it is rated R or higher.
No one under the age of 17 may be legally allowed unless accompanied by an adult. Productions with an R rating may contain large amounts of nudity, including full-frontal nudity and may include nudity in a simulation of sexual activity. This rating could also encompass extreme profanity and/or violence as well, but don’t be disappointed if there is less of that sort of thing than you hoped.
NC-17: No One 17 and Under Admitted
Probably won’t be produced by GCP. Includes repeated scenes of nudity, sexual activity, profanity and/or graphic violence.