Have American movie ratings, specifically the PG rating, gotten somehow weaker over the years?
So I was on Netflix and came across the page for The Goonies
Looking through the various customer mini-reviews I found a startling number of people saying how this shouldn't be a PG movie; that while it may have been a PG back then (in 1985), it would easily be a PG-13 by today's standards due to vulgar language and joking drug references (this despite PG-13s having been available back in 1985).
Is this right? Have PG ratings actually gotten 'weaker' (or perhaps "less tolerant" might be a better way to put it) in the last 20 years—that is, are the PG-rated movies that are made today able to show or say less than the PG-rated movies made back then could show or say?
(I guess it surprised me because I would've thought that if there had been any movement, it would have gone the way... that what was PG-13 then would have been thought of as a PG now.)
My only other thinking is that perhaps either
people are more aware today of what exactly earns a film a certain rating (certain words can be mentioned X number of times, if there can or cannot be references to drugs/sex) and are thereby thinking to themselves "Well, since it's PG I know legally they can't say 'damn' more than twice in a twenty-minute period", or
that perhaps these certain Goonies reviews were written by Netflix's various member-incarnations of Ned Flanders
aside, the Frattelli's were (SPOILER!) bastards, but was The Goonies
really as bad as all that?