In our Cantina forum there has been an ongoing conversation about what fans think the new Star Wars film will be rated. My personal opinion is that it will be PG-13 like most of JJ’s work. However, we’ve learned about how the recently released teaser trailer was rated in other countries.
Interestingly enough, we’ve learned that The Force Awakens teaser trailer was recently rated in two different countries — The United Kingdom and Canada. Thanks to JediNews, we’ve learned that the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) approved of the teaser trailer, “Trailer A” in the cinema industry, and issued it a PG rating. It should also be noted that the BBFC also uses a larger spectrum of ratings, ranging thusly: U, PG, 12A, 12, 15, 18. However, the running time for the trailer is reported as 1 minute and 21 seconds which is 7 seconds shorter than the version released on the internet and select American theaters on “Black Friday.” The trailer is exactly 1:21 if you remove the black at the end with the sound of Luke’s lightsaber.
Canada also released its rating for Trailer A recently as well, giving it a “G” rating. The Canadian rating system also differs thusly: G, PG, 14A, 18A, R. For the record, the American rating system, rated by the MPAA (Motion Picture association of America) is G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17. Perhaps, having the trailer rated before the premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies suggests that the trailer is being shown in front of that feature as we reported back on November 23rd.
At any rate, I might suggest all countries start using a new letter rating as in “A” for “Awesome” as The Force Awakens trailer clearly is!