Gun violence is exploding in PG-13 movies. There's more gun violence in top-grossing PG-13 films than in top-grossing R-rated movies. So say researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University in a study published online Monday in Pediatrics.
That's not supposed to be the case. As researchers point out, the Motion Picture Assn. of America says in its PG-13 rating that violence isn't supposed to reach the level of an R-rated film: "A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category."