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Paddington and certificate ratings
« on: 30 November, 2014, 06:24:18 pm »
I have just taken my family to see Paddington and wanted to comment on the PG rating it has been given.

On Film 2014 this week there was an interview with one of the team behind the film (not sure if it was the Producer) and it was said that he could not believe it had not been given a U rating and that there was nothing in the film anyone would find distressing.

Well as they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating - my little boy did find it scary. I think the PG rating and the reason given by the BBFC are spot on.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #1 on: 30 November, 2014, 06:26:54 pm »
sorry meant to put this in the more general Film & TV section - can a moderator please move it. Thanks.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #2 on: 30 November, 2014, 10:17:28 pm »
I think he meant there was nothing in the quantifiable and observable content of the film that would merit a PG, like a cuss word or an exposed willy.  Individual kids can find different things scary - my sister's bairns were shitting it during the bridge bit in the 1980s Annie remake, and apparently the woman getting turned into a robot in Superman 3 has long been acknowledged as nightmare fuel.

Can't see the fuss doing the film's promotion any harm if they play it right, but a PG can warn off some parents.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #3 on: 30 November, 2014, 10:23:41 pm »
I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #4 on: 30 November, 2014, 10:26:28 pm »
I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.

Cheers

Jim

As a parent, I would like to say: ^^^this.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #5 on: 30 November, 2014, 10:46:51 pm »
And yet both Jaws and Jurrasic Park were rated PG and Paddington is positively tame by comparison!
It's a ridiculous decision by the BBFC.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #6 on: 30 November, 2014, 11:18:54 pm »
The 'A' rating (IIRC) was slightly different to to the PG, but close enough, so… if you're going to moan about the decapitations in the Hobbit movies, or Paddington being a wee bit scary, may I just say: FUCKING JAWS. Severed head. Severed limbs. Bob Shaw FUCKING EATEN ALIVE ON SCREEN.

Bah.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #7 on: 01 December, 2014, 12:29:00 am »
Severed head. Severed limbs. Bob Shaw FUCKING EATEN ALIVE ON SCREEN.

These words are pleasing to me.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #8 on: 01 December, 2014, 01:39:33 am »
I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.

Punching kids is often wrong.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #9 on: 01 December, 2014, 08:45:20 am »
Punching kids is often wrong.

Political correctness gone mad!

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #10 on: 01 December, 2014, 09:30:09 am »
The ratings system is used only as a guideline in my house. If I think my kids (7 and 10) can handle a 12 rated film (Scott Pilgrim) or even a 15 (both Hellboy films), I'll let them watch it.

They were both terrified by Jaws though and I had to turn it off.

I took them to see Paddington on Sunday and there was nothing in there that I would think warranted a PG rating.
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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #11 on: 01 December, 2014, 12:50:09 pm »
Severed head. Severed limbs. Bob Shaw FUCKING EATEN ALIVE ON SCREEN.

These words are pleasing to me.
Jaws is a classic. Bob Shaw getting mauled by a shark is one reason why.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #12 on: 01 December, 2014, 06:59:17 pm »
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I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.

Could not agree more to be honest. I just do not understand this whole theory of trying to wrap kids in cotton wool and protect them from anything remotely scary, challenging or disturbing.

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The ratings system is used only as a guideline in my house. If I think my kids (7 and 10) can handle a 12 rated film (Scott Pilgrim) or even a 15 (both Hellboy films), I'll let them watch it.

They were both terrified by Jaws though and I had to turn it off.

I took them to see Paddington on Sunday and there was nothing in there that I would think warranted a PG rating.

Speaking as a non-parent, this seems like exactly the right approach to me. In my own experience, though certain films upset me as a kid*, by the age of 12/13 not much could faze me and I was about ready for anything.

*Which comes back to my theory that kids are pretty much self-regulating anyway - Stephen King's IT, which I saw around the age of 8 or 9, terrified me so much that I didn't go near another horror film for several years afterwards. I learned my lesson.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #13 on: 01 December, 2014, 08:55:02 pm »
I'd like to find whoever it was who decided at some point in the last 30 years that it was wrong to scare kids… and punch the living shit out of them.

Cheers

Jim

As a parent, I would like to say: ^^^this.

I'm with you both on this.

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Re: Paddington and certificate ratings
« Reply #14 on: 01 December, 2014, 11:52:34 pm »
It's entirely random anyway. One friend said his kids have watched all sorts, but one was recently properly freaked out, by all things, due to a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode.

Still, it's something I'll learn in time, although mini-IP is currently only five months old and already well-versed in design shows, Doctor Who and QI.