Film Advisory Board

The Film Advisory Board (FAB) Rating System began in 1974 when Elayne Blythe was the first to use the symbols (L / V / N / S – Language / Violence / Nudity / Sex). In 1975 these symbols were included in Film Advisory Board’s “Articles of Incorporation” and are now widely used by other organizations. The FAB Rating System is the only “official” rating system other than the MPAA and was the “first” system to reveal contents – 1988. The ratings are meant to advise, not to censor.

The Film Advisory Board has six basic ratings

Description: CHILDREN – Ages 10 and Under
Content Description: n/a
MPAA Equivalent: n/a

Description: FAMILY – All Ages
Content Description: In some cases, as in historical pieces, may state ‘violence in battle scenes’ or ‘frightening for younger children’.
MPAA Equivalent: G

Description: PARENTAL DISCRETION – Content Description Implies Age Suitablility PD replaces M = Mature. Content Descriptions remain the same.
Content Description: May state ‘sexual innuendos / mild language / violence / substance abuse / some intense scenes’.
MPAA Equivalent: PG

Description: PARENTAL DESCRETION MATURE – Ages 13 and Over PD-M replaces VM = Very Mature. Content Descriptions remain the same.
Content Description: May state ‘brief nudity / sexual situations / strong language / violence’.
MPAA Equivalent: PG-13

Description: EXTREMELY MATURE – Ages 17 and Over
Content Description: May state ‘frontal nudity / sex / strong language / violence’.
MPAA Equivalent: R or NC-17 dependent upon content description

Description: ADULTS ONLY – Ages 18 and Over
Content Description: May state ‘explicit sex and language / erotica / extreme nudity’.
MPAA Equivalent: Equivalent to the ‘X’ rating for pornography. Content description may read ‘male and female frontal nudity, explicit sex acts with penetration’.AO Rating Meaning Modified 3/03. Was originally listed as an equivalent to the MPAA’s NC-17.

Updated: September 19, 2014 — 9:22 pm
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