'Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens' news: MPAA gives upcoming film PG-13 rating

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In light of the nearing release of the first “Star Wars” movie in 10 years, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) finally released the rating for “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.”

The much anticipated flcik received a PG 13 rating making it one of the only two films in the franchise to not have a PG rating the other one being “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” “Revenge of the Sith” is  arguably one of the darkest plotted movies in the whole series and was the last film from the franchise before it went on a near decade hiatus.

It can also be noted that there is an ongoing pattern when it comes to the ratings that the movies have garnered in the past years. The earlier ones including the original trilogy: “Star Wars” (1977), “Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” (1983) as well as the first two movies from the prequel series: “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” (1999), and “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” (2002) have all garnered PG ratings despite the fact that they still arguably depict violence in numerous scenes. 

Now, “Episode III” and “Episode VII” both got stricter patronage. Although it might seem a bit bounded with a specific age allowance, more and more expected blockbusters are sporting a PG-13 rating including “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Suicide Squad.”

Only a few weeks remain before the “Force Awakens” hits theaters. Still, there is no concrete synopsis has been released. Fans may mine on the books published based on the famous saga, but it was already reported that there will be tweaks here and there. Likewise, some details were scrapped to keep the audience guessing.

The J.J. Abrams helmed “Star Wars” movie is only the first in th brand new trilogy that will likely be released in the future years. It might be unfortunate that the original creator of the saga, George Lucas, already handed the baton to Abrams and Disney.

“Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens” will hit cinemas on Dec. 18.