For a while we hoped that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity would be a player in this year's Oscar race, or at least a fall release we could look forward to at the end of this year. But back in May the film was bumped from its planned November 21 release date and into next year, with an undetermined release date and a lot of fans of the Children of Men director wondering when the movie would be finished, and when we'd ever get a chance to see it.

There's still no release date set for the movie, but now at least the MPAA has gotten a look at it, and laid down their opinion for its rating. Via Rope of Silicon we've learned that Gravity is rated PG-13, "for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language." That sounds pretty par for the course for a sci-fi movie, and for this one in particular, which will star Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space after an accident, working hard to return home to her daughter. George Clooney co-stars in a much smaller role as a fellow astronaut, which gives this movie serious starpower-- and good motivation to stick with a PG-13 rating to draw in as much audience as possible. After all, Children of Men was a notorious box office flop despite being one of the best films of the last decade, and Cuaron probably doesn't want to repeat that same feat.

The most encouraging thing about this MPAA rating is that Gravity is at least somewhat finished, which means we ought to be getting a look at it sometime next year-- maybe for the fall movie season of 2013, or maybe a summer release if its sci-fi style is enough to compete. Either way, the fact that Cuaron directed Children of Men, one of the best Harry Potter films and the wonderful Y Tu Mama Tambien means it will be a must-see regardless.

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