Picnic at Hanging Rock

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG

Directed by Peter Weir and based on Joan Linday's 1967 novel, the film details a mysterious incident set in 1900: four Australian girls and their governess disappear during a field trip and are never found. With Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Jacki Weaver, Frank Gunnell, Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, Jane Vallis, Christine Schuler, Margaret Nelson, Ingrid Mason, John Jarratt, Jenny Lovell, Martin Vaughan, Jack Fegan, Wyn Roberts and Janet Murray.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Sexual innuendo. One kiss. We see a couple lying in bed, talking (no nudity is seen). A couple are in bed and we see his bare chest and a glimpse of her bare backside as she quickly leaves the bed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A corpse has a spot of blood on its ear and nose.

PROFANITY 0 - None. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adolescence, boarding school, the 1900's, missing persons.

MESSAGE - Some mysteries are never solved.

Special Keywords: S3 - V1 - P0 - MPAAPG

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