"Smoking" labels on two new PG-13 films (still rare)

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has labeled two upcoming PG-13 films with “smoking” descriptors.

• Dear Eleanor (Sony, PG-13 | Release TBA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material and smoking.

Stars Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Liana Liberato, Isabelle Fuhrman.

IMDb.com summary: "Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of Eleanor Roosevelt."

• The Man Who Knew Infinity (AMC Networks > IFC, PG-13 | Release 29 April 2016)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking.

Stars Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Stephen Fry

IMDbPro.com summary: "Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy."

From 2007 through 2015, the MPAA has included “smoking” labels on ratings for 11 percent of all youth-rated, top-grossing films with smoking (38 of 335 films). For details of this labeling scheme, click here.

Maybe they are paying more attention now that they are getting sued because of onscreen smoking in youth-rated films.  Even if they do, this label is not a meaningful substitute for the R rating.

Jonathan Polansky of OnBeyond LLC helped prepare this post.