The Motion Pictures Association of America defines the PG-13 rating as one that strongly advises parents against potential material that may be unsuitable for children below the age of 13. Within that definition, I think it would be safe to assume that close to 60% of the films releasing each year, and by that definition the majority, end up in this category of films. While that criteria in itself is a very, very wide bracket, it is able to encompass more than a few popular and latest films, and even the upcoming ones. Practically speaking as well, while the G and PG rated films are reserved for mostly animated, children-centred and Disney features, and the R-rated films for the more serious, awards centric cinema, most of the remaining films, turns out quite a lot of those, find themselves in the PG-13 category.
However, ‘Green Book’s win last year, the first PG-13 win in years, is certainly going to rattle things up a bit. Netflix too has a host of films to tend to the teenage section of their viewers, both commercial films and critically acclaimed ones, and even some of the classics, great for a foray into that arena. Here’s the list of really good PG-13 movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
22. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2018)
While the critics hailed it as the second coming of the franchise, very much like ‘Empire Strikes Back’, audience reviews on the film, till date, mostly remain divisive, and the primary reasons for that could be non-consequential arcs for several of the key players and the voluntary departure of the film from the standard ‘Star Wars’ template. For me, as with the previous one, the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy remains an effort to milk nostalgia, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while it lasts. While most of the complaints do withstand, I was on the side of the audience minority that actually enjoyed the film, but didn’t love it.
21. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ is pretty standard Marvel fare, if there exists a clear definition of it. In a lot of ways, after the emotional roller coaster that the culmination of Phase 3, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was, ‘Ant Man and The Wasp’ has a levity that was welcome in more ways than one. The film garnered a lot of publicity with respect to Scott Lang’s absence from the scene in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and the post credits scene of this film may be able to give an answer to that. Hopefully, this should add up to bigger things and a meatier part to play for Scott Lang in the fourth Avengers out next year.
20. Seven Pounds (2008)
Another one of the films that the critics absolutely misunderstood, but the audience hailed as a winner. Also a marked departure from the kind of films Will Smith was doing at that time,’Seven Pounds’ delved deeper into the “actor” Will Smith, and presented a humane story about guilt and redemption, as Ben Thomas (Smith) sets out to change seven lives to redeem himself from the weight of a secret he has been harboring for far too long, but complications arise when he falls in love with one of them.