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PG-13 movies showcase the most – and the most unrealistic – gun violence, study shows

PG-13 movies showcase the most – and the most unrealistic – gun violence, study shows

The last three years’ worth of Hollywood blockbusters represent an escalation of gun violence depicted in film, and have exposed more families and younger teens to mayhem devoid of consequence, a team of researchers has found. 

Gun violence — albeit largely bloodless and free of such troubling effects as dismemberment, death or psychological trauma — remains a prominent staple of films bearing the PG-13 rating, media analysts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center have concluded. 

But since 2013, when the team last reported its measurement of violent content in popular films, those...

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