Lovely Bones - Child's Play?

There's a certain satisfaction when I see Hollywood going to books for inspiration for studio production.  Lord of the Rings brings a certain beauty and grit to the silver screen.  The same director, Peter Jackson, did a remake of King Kong, a movie I have on DVD.  I don't buy DVD's on the fly, only the ones that I connect to. untitled

His next movie to be released is Lovely Bones, based on the book of the same name by Alice Sebold.

I have the book.  After reading several chapters, I had to stop.  Not because it wasn't good because it was.  As I read I could tell I was nearing the infamous part where the girl meets her violent death.  It's something very difficult for me to read through.  So I stopped.

OnYahoo.comthere was a post that talked about Jackson's production and how the reviews were not good.  The main complaint it seems was the emotion and the cruel reality of the murder was missing:

"Gone is the dismembered body part that alerts the family to Susie's fate. Gone is her anguished mother's adulterous affair with the detective who leads the case. Gone is all mention of what really transpired in that lonely 1970s cornfield."

According to the article, Jackson was tyring to get a PG-13 rating.  If this is true, why?

I'm not saying kids shouldn't see this.  They should, if they want.  But this subject matter deserves an R rating.  Again, not from a prohibition standpoint.  But from a subject matter standpoint.  I know the movie industry is a business.  It's also an artistic medium.

Look at the Matrix movies.  All of them carries an R rating.  From a subject point of view, it's a war.  And yes, I know Star Wars has a PG rating, but clearly that was child's play.  Matrix and Lovely Bones are not.  There's a certain level of grit that exists in the way those stories are told that Star Wars is missing.  A good indication are the stormtroopers in the white clad armor.

There's little that I would prohibit a child to see or learn.  That is not my standpoint here.  But Lovely Bones the movie deserves an R rating out of respect for its art and subject.