Lisa Frankenstein parents guide: Why is the horror movie rating PG-13?

If you're looking for a fun movie for Valentine's Day with your teens, Lisa Frankenstein could be the perfect offering. It's a PG-13 movie, and here's why.

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Cole Sprouse stars as The Creature and Kathryn Newton as Lisa Swallows in LISA FRANKENSTEIN, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Michele K. Short / © 2024 FOCUS FEATURES LLC
4208_D006_00205_R Cole Sprouse stars as The Creature and Kathryn Newton as Lisa Swallows in LISA FRANKENSTEIN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Michele K. Short / © 2024 FOCUS FEATURES LLC /
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All Lisa wants is to find love. She does, but not in the most conventional way in Lisa Frankenstein. Is that going to stop her?

This is one of those horror Valentine’s Day movies that is on the cuter side of gory. There are some fun elements mixed in with the gore, and it could be the perfect watch with your teenagers.

Yes, it is rated PG-13. That means it’s aimed at those 13 and older, but some younger viewers could enjoy it. My 11-year-old loves a lot of PG-13 horror. However, this is one that I’ll watch on my own first to see if it’s suitable for her. Not all PG-13 horror is going to be right for her. This is more for the slightly older teenagers and not for tweens in the way that M3GAN is great for.

Lisa Frankenstein PG-13 rating explained

The movie follows a teenager who is rather unusual. In her search for love, she crushes on a reanimated corpse. The two end up on a journey of murder, mayhem, and some other rather questionable antics, all with a 1980s theme to it.

The bloody violence is the biggest reason for this movie to have its PG-13 rating. There is some blood drinking, some sexual assault shown, and a few other triggering moments. While there’s a comedic style to the movie, it’s still a horror. This isn’t going to be for the faint of heart.

Lisa is a teenager. She does what a lot of teenagers do. That can include sexual content.

Look, the gore and sexual violence is nothing on the level of The Boys or Sex Education. It’s going to be lighter, but it’s not going to be the best for younger children.

The UK actually gave the movie a 15 rating. Usually PG-13 in the U.S. translates to 12A in the UK. It’s clear that this is aimed at the older teens. It has a 14 rating in Canada and a 15A rating in Ireland. Other countries have given it a 16 rating. It’s clear that it’s not quite gory enough for an 18 but it isn’t for the younger members of the family.

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Lisa Frankenstein is out in theaters on Friday, Feb. 9.