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to not let my 14 year old to watch an 18 even if it is for English

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Mrsjay Wed 24-Oct-12 20:14:06

DD2 English teacher has said if they had it they could maybe watch an over 18 film because they are reading another book is by the same author, I am really not comfortable with her reading the book anyway but I certainly dont want her to watch the film,

SirSugar Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:13

She may well watch it when you aren't looking

ravenAK Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:41

Which book/film?

SirSugar Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:45

What's the film anyway?

PandaNot Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:53

Would depend entirely on the film and the 14 year old for me. What is it?

MissAnnersley Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:58

What is the book/film Mrsjay?

outtolunchagain Wed 24-Oct-12 20:15:59

What book is it?

Mrsjay Wed 24-Oct-12 20:16:13

We dont have it she could watch it I suppose elsewhere ,

Mrsjay Wed 24-Oct-12 20:16:47

AN Irivne welsh book Junk film trainspotting <rolls eyes>

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 24-Oct-12 20:17:33

Trainspotting is an ace film, and not all that bad for an 18...

SirSugar Wed 24-Oct-12 20:18:02

Its a right of passage to watch 18 films when underage is it not?

LittleMissFlustered Wed 24-Oct-12 20:18:51

I thought Trainspotting was overrated personally, but I'm not sure it would be the right flm for all 14 year olds. Depends on the child, like most things.

Mrsjay Wed 24-Oct-12 20:18:59

I have seen it her sister saw it at 16 she is a bit sensitive and I dont think it is appropriate she wont see it well not in the house I just thought it was a bit hmm of a teacher to suggest it,

Junk? Melvyn Burgess? Surprised this is still being used - it's horribly dated and not v good. And teacher is an idiot to be saying they should watch an 18 (I am an English teacher btw!).

LittleMissFlustered Wed 24-Oct-12 20:19:26

Just get her the Trainspotting poster, now that was a rite of passage when I was a teen/studentgrin

Cardea Wed 24-Oct-12 20:20:32

Er, no, I would not be comfortable with that or a 14yo and I'm scratching my head trying I think which of his books would be suitable for that age range? Or am I being precious?
I like the film and enjoyed the book just don't think it's right for that age grop

CreepyLittleBat Wed 24-Oct-12 20:21:03

Would that be Junk by Melvin Burgess? It's very different to Trainspotting - on the same theme but written for young adults. Maybe you could watch selected scenes from Trainspotting that are relevant with her?

CreepyLittleBat Wed 24-Oct-12 20:21:34

Cross posted with Remus

BrianButterfield Wed 24-Oct-12 20:21:51

Is she year 9 or 10? I wouldn't show Trainspotting to any KS4 class, to be honest. It's not that good a film. I suppose I might show clips if I thought it necessary but not the whole thing. If you object, say so. It's OK, that's why they're asking. BTW certificates don't apply for educational use but you do have the right to say no. (Another English teacher here. And I also think Junk is a bit of a strange choice when there are so many other great books out there).

SirSugar Wed 24-Oct-12 20:22:14

I made my DD, same age watch Taken for educational purposes

Mrsjay Wed 24-Oct-12 20:23:05

Would that be Junk by Melvin Burgess?

you know what I am sure you are right hmm @ me I have read it why did I think it was Irvine welsh , she is still not watching trainspotting

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Wed 24-Oct-12 20:25:56

There are some amazing books/films out there, Junk/Trainspotting - well could be worse. Unless you are Scottish your child probably wouldnt understand Trainspotting book, it is written in 'Scottish' - as are most of Irvine Welsh books.

SirSugar Wed 24-Oct-12 20:27:30

When DD was 8 she got a book out of her primary school library and bought it to me saying she didn't quite understand. On closer inspection it was a about a young girl who gets pregnant and her boyfriend fucks off; by page 15 it was positively mills & boon.

It was mean't for young people with reading difficulties and was printed in big type. I sent it back to the head with a note to which he apologised proffusely and did a full sweep of the library.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 24-Oct-12 20:29:30

YABU - for the simple reason she will almost certainly watch it behind your back anyway.

Though,if it Junk by Melvin Burgess I'm not sure how much relevance Trainspotting the film has. Because they're not the same!

I read Junk when I was 14,

whathasthecatdonenow Wed 24-Oct-12 20:29:47

I'm a teacher and we have, when doing our Controlled Assessment, given out the names of films that could be used as sources but which are overage (e.g. we do Vietnam, so name some 15 rated films for our Y10s who are 14/15). We always write on the sheet/tell students that they are only to watch these films with the permission of a parent and that they may find some scenes unsettling. I wouldn't risk suggesting an 18 because of course students go home and say 'Miss says we have to watch...' rather than what we actually said.

Of course, the same kids think nothing of trying to tell me all about the Human Centipede, so I think ideas about what is/is not appropriate might differ!

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