An article in the Scotsman talks about the impact a PG-15 rating in the US could have on the UK:
In the US, a PG-13 rating means parents are strongly cautioned that some of the material is unsuitable for those under 13. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has given the film’s trailer a PG rating. However, they have yet to be sent the full work, and violent scenes make it possible that it could receive a 12A or 15 rating.
Sue Clark, of the BBFC, said: "You cannot say from the trailer rating what the film will get. It is not unheard of for a film that gets a PG-13 rating in the US to get a 15 rating here. We do not consider the US rating before classifying it ourselves. But if it got a 12A rating, that would not stop young fans seeing it, provided that they were accompanied by an adult."
Mark Brownrigg, a lecturer in film and media studies at the University of Stirling, felt the classification the film gets would have no effect on its box-office sales. "It will stand or fall in terms of the quality and not the rating," he said. "The key is getting people to watch it more than once at the cinema. If that happens, Mr Lucas will have a massive hit on his hands.
"There was a mixed reception from fans to the last two episodes. Now he may well have reckoned that the core of his fan base has grown up, and so has decided to target the adult market."
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