The evils of swashbuckling action and very bad weather.

Have you noticed that in addition to a simple rating, the Motion Picture Association of America adds a reason behind the rating to each and every movie that appears on the big screen? You need to watch the preview closely in order to see the reasons along the bottom of the screen, but it’s often worth the effort. Some of the reasons are hilarious. Here are a few of my favorites:

Twister: PG-13 for intense depiction of very bad weather.

Alien vs. Predator: PG-13 for violence, language, horror images, slime, and gore.

Indian in the Cupboard: PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing.

Team America: World Police: R for graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language - all involving puppets.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: PG for quirky situations, action and mild language.

Shrek the Third: PG for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action.