Doctor Strange: Row erupts about the film’s PG-13 rating

A debate has erupted over the PG-13 age rating of Marvel’s latest film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Some fans who watched the Doctor Strange sequel wondered why it was deemed appropriate for children over 13, despite scenes featuring elements of graphic violence and horror. Others praised Marvel and director Sam Raimi for “pushing the limits” of the PG-13 rating.

Viewers have also shared gruesome scenes from other PG-13 rated movies to argue that Doctor Strange 2 was no more inappropriate for younger audiences than “darker PG-13 adventure films” such as The Mummy2015 Fighting spirit (produced by Raimi), and drag me to hell (directed by Raimi).

Some fans have also pointed out that the PG-13 rating for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was appropriate, as it strongly warns parents that “some content may be inappropriate for children under 13”. That’s according to the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA) – an independent division of the Motion Pictures Association that administers movie ratings.

One person, praising Raimi’s cinematic style, observed: ‘This’[Doctor] Odd should have been R!’ take is really silly. But I will say it shows how good someone like Raimi is at working within the confines of a PG-13.

It’s more horrible than it actually is.

Meanwhile, others were less inclined to believe the “dark” and “brutal” film should carry a PG-13 rating.

“How was Multiverse of Madness PG-13???” an audience member wondered, adding, “I’m a 33-year-old male and I was shocked. Kinda liked it though, only a few 13 year olds might get a surprise.

As the debate raged, The Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday that Marvel’s “hardest PG-13 rated movie” likely got its rating because the horror and violence is perpetuated by superheroes and villains – not real people – and the parents of young children will likely interpret the scenes the same way as well.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in UK cinemas from May 5.

You can read The IndependentFilm critic Clariss Loughrey’s two-star review of the film here.