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to expect cinemas only to show trailers of films with the same certification as the film you are there to see?

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NikkiH Thu 17-May-12 11:32:45

My DSs are desperate to see The Dictator having seen a trailer for it while going to see The Avengers Assemble which is a 12a. They were both so disappointed to find out this week that it has been certified as a 15 and both of them are too young to see it.

Neither would have been as aware of the film if it hadn't been promoted during the 12a film. It just seems unreasonable of cinemas to raise expectations which can't be met for the majority of the audience attending the lower certification films. The trailer did make it look very funny...

Poulay Thu 17-May-12 11:34:38

They are 12? I'm sure they'll get over it.

It's not like they are screaming 3-year-olds

Ithinkitsjustme Thu 17-May-12 11:35:29

I wouldn't expect to see an advert for an 18 at a U screening but i think that a trailer for a 15 at a 12A is acceptable.

rhondajean Thu 17-May-12 11:35:39

It's the trailers which are the same classification not the actual film if swim.

Rubirosa Thu 17-May-12 11:35:55

The advertise movies on TV/billboards/radio/in magazines too. You can't avoid all knowledge of films with a rating higher than 12!

limitedperiodonly Thu 17-May-12 11:40:43

I'd pay to be kept in blissful ignorance of any Sacha Baron Cohen films.

Unfortunately, the smug, hypocritical bigot gets about like scabies.

LentillyFart Thu 17-May-12 11:45:59

What do you think is going to happen to them if they see a trailer for a movie classified for kids a mere 3 years older than them? Seriously -what?

Aribura Fri 18-May-12 15:07:46

The 12A rating pisses me off bad. Put it back to 12.

Aribura Fri 18-May-12 15:08:11

I don't care that 6 year old Jimmy wants to see Spiderman.

LineRunner Fri 18-May-12 15:25:01

The OP's saying that it raises expectations amongst kids that won't be able to see it.

I think she's saying it's pushing a product at an audience and then disappointing them.

Tbh the whole 12 / 12a rating thing confuses me.

Pandemoniaa Fri 18-May-12 15:25:46

The trailer for a 15 will actually be made to the classification of films that it'll be shown before. Has always been the case. As a child, I was devistatted not to be allowed to see The Bride of Dracula, a trailer for which preceded 101 Dalmations. But guess what? I got over it.

JosephineCD Fri 18-May-12 15:40:17

I don't think they show trailers for 18 rated films at anything less than a 15. I think it's fair to say that many people going to see the Avengers may be interested in seeing the Dictator as well.

manicbmc Fri 18-May-12 15:43:54

What Aribura said. I hate 12a. If a film is classified as a 12 then that's the age I'd expect in the cinema to see the film. The last Transformers film was spoiled by a sodding baby screeching through half the film (and no, it wasn't a mother and child screening). Another film was spoiled by 9 year olds throwing popcorn - I complained and had the little scrotes ejected from the cinema.

Having said that, I've been to 15s where dd has been disappointed to find out a trailer was for an 18 - but then she just has to wait for it to come out on dvd.

HappySquirrel Fri 18-May-12 15:53:51

I think you're allowed to see a 15 if you're 12 with parental supervision - so maybe they assume that there will be a fair amount of crossover?

I also assume that most of the people who viewed the Avengers Assemble (which I am not at all familiar with) were older than 12? A lot of films I watch are rated 12 (maybe 12A - what's the difference?), if they're not aimed at children then I don't see why the trailers should be either.

manicbmc Fri 18-May-12 17:55:20

12 is a certificate only used on dvds, meaning no one younger than 12 may buy them. 12a means a child younger than 12 can see that film if accompanied by and adult - it is only on films in the cinema.

15 certificate dvds can only be bought by someone 15 or over. 15 rated films in the cinema can only be watched by people over 15 whether they have an adult with them or not.

FourEyesGood Fri 18-May-12 19:52:02

Manicbmc - the last Transformers film was spoiled by dreadful acting, a confusing plot and being too noisy. Don't blame the mother and its screaming baby! grin

EverybodysSleepyEyed Fri 18-May-12 19:56:44

When I took DS (5) to see The Pirates they had trailers for The Avengers and The Hunger Games. I don't know how they rated the trailer but he was able to understand that people were being killed

I was annoyed because it scared him and that made him on edge for the film. i now have a kid who is petrified of Queen Victoria!

mumeeee Sat 19-May-12 12:38:41

Happysquirral you are not allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema until you are 15. Those under 12 can only see a 12a with an adult. OP cinemas have always shown trailers for films above the certificate of the actual film being shown. These trailers are always at a durable certificate though.

ladyinthelibrary Sat 19-May-12 12:42:01

I thought it was the law (or something) that they only show trailers of the same or lower certificate. Isn't there usually an on screen announcement that says that the trailers you are about to see ...... etc etc

Saying that, I took DDs 13 &15 to see Dark shadows last week, and felt there was some inappropriate bits in there. Think I'm getting to be an old prude.

ladyinthelibrary Sat 19-May-12 12:43:22

chocolateflapjack Mon 15-Oct-12 14:02:18

This is what the BBFC say:

(Obviously got too much time on my hands today!)

chocolateflapjack Mon 15-Oct-12 14:03:30

xposted with ladyinthelibrary !

valiumredhead Mon 15-Oct-12 14:05:25

I was pretty pissed off about being shown the trailer for the new Paranormal Activity at a 12 a we saw at the weekend. It scared me let alone ds!

chocolateflapjack Mon 15-Oct-12 14:13:52

The answer to your unsuitable trailer gripe is also on the BBFC website:

■We have no control over which film trailers and advertisements are shown before any particular film at the cinema. Trailers and advertisements should be of the same category as the main feature, or lower. If you are complaining about a trailer or advertisement which is of a higher category than the main feature you should complain to the cinema manager or cinema head office.

ChocHobNob Mon 15-Oct-12 14:27:27

EverybodysSleepyEyed: If it's any consolation, my 4 yr old didn't seen any trailers for The Avengers or The Hunger Games, but he is also petrified of Queen Victoria after seeing The Pirates! He wont watch any bits of the film with her in it.

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