TENET, Christopher Nolan's Espionage Thriller, Rating Officially Revealed


Image Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures (Screenshot from TENET)

After being delayed to August 12th post a previous delay from July 17th to July 31st, Christopher Nolan's latest espionage thriller, Tenet, has been officially rated by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). Out of the visionary director's catalog of films, only three projects, Following, Memento, and Insomnia, have been rated by the former MPAA as anything other than PG-13, so it should come as no surprise that Tenet has been rated PG-13.

According to the MPA's listing for the film, the film has been rated PG-13 "for intense sequences of violence and action, some suggestive references and brief strong language." Christopher Nolan's last film, the war-based Dunkirk, was rated PG-13 "for intense war experience and some language" in comparison. From the description's implication, Christopher Nolan's Tenet has action galore, likely based on the "time inversion" principle its latest trailer has introduced. A PG-13 rating also makes sense financially for Nolan and studio Warner Bros. Pictures in addition to Nolan's artistic record. Not only will Tenet be able to dominate the screens come August 12th with meager offerings available from the other studios, but a larger demographic will be allowed to enjoy the film.

(L-r) JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON and ROBERT PATTINSON and in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action epic "TENET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Copyright: © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon)

Some may also remember the Tenet prologue from the end of last year that was presented alongside IMAX showings of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The some six minutes of footage shown was also rated by the MPA as PG-13, cited "for violence and intense action," a similar quote to the rating description for the official film.

Tenet Hits Theaters on August 12th, 2020.


John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.


JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON stars in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action epic "TENET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Copyright: ©2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon)

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