It turns out that exploding heads and tearing a man's still-beating heart from his chest was enough to get a movie an R-rating back in the day. But then how would younger audiences get to see the film? That's what director Steven Spielberg argued to the MPAA, which led to the now middle ground between PG and Restricted audience ratings. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was deemed too scary for children, but Spielberg didn't want to change the script. In the end, he somehow managed to get his second installment in the series to remain PG, but he convinced the ratings people that maybe something needed to bridge the gap. Several months after Temple's 1984 release, Red Dawn got the distinction of being the very first PG-13 movie.
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