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12A at cinema. What does this mean?

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CrumbledFeta Mon 19-Oct-15 19:19:15

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EvansOvalPiesYumYum Mon 19-Oct-15 19:23:25

No, if he is 12 and accompanied by an adult he can go and watch it.

crumpet Mon 19-Oct-15 19:25:18

No Evans. It means that no-one under 12 can go unless accompanied by an adult, as there may be scenes not suitable for under 12s

5madthings Mon 19-Oct-15 19:25:48

No a 12a means under twelves can go with an adult. Not that they have to be 12.

DorothyL Mon 19-Oct-15 19:27:39

I don't understand why we still
bother with PG now, if 12 A basically means you can see it at any age?

BrandNewAndImproved Mon 19-Oct-15 19:28:38

12 a means under 12 accompanied by an adult but when it comes out on dvd it will be a 12.

EvansOvalPiesYumYum Mon 19-Oct-15 19:29:24

Gah!! - My children have been so deprived for all of these years angry

dementedpixie Mon 19-Oct-15 19:30:06

12A means under 12s can go if accompanied by an adult. Over 12s can go in without an adult. I have taken dd and ds (age 11 and 8) to 12A films

Moln Mon 19-Oct-15 19:30:16

The 12A rating is only used for films shown in cinemas. Films rated 12A are suitable for children aged 12 and over. However, people younger than 12 may see a 12A so long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Not really sure why they do this, if it's not suitable for under 12s then it's not suitable. I think though it's to plámás parents who think their children can cope, but serves as a warning that if they don't then it's on the parents head. If that makes sense!!

Are there just 12s anymore?

dementedpixie Mon 19-Oct-15 19:31:26

Only on the dvd themselves

dementedpixie Mon 19-Oct-15 19:32:01

So it would be 12A at the cinema but a 12 on the dvd you buy

NickNackNooToYou Mon 19-Oct-15 19:32:28

Thick question, what's the difference between 12A and PG?

multivac Mon 19-Oct-15 19:33:19

Not really sure why they do this

I think it's pretty obvious why they do it.

<looks around for 'kerching' emoticon>

EdithWeston Mon 19-Oct-15 19:34:41

Put informally,

U = suitable for damn near everyone
PG = OK for most primary age onwards, but be careful if your child has fears
12A (12 on DVD) = suitable for secondary age children, but primary age ones not excluded if with an adult
15/18 = only for those who have reached the specified age

dementedpixie Mon 19-Oct-15 19:34:44

What does PG mean?

PG stands for Parental Guidance. This means a film is suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Parents should consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

Hulababy Mon 19-Oct-15 19:35:33

12A tend to have a more mature theme, and aimed at an audience of aged 12 and above, though at the cinema under 12s are permitted if accompanied by an adult.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 19-Oct-15 19:35:49

"The BBFC announced in September 2000 that it would look at the possibility of making the 12 cinema category an advisory category, like U and PG. This was in response to complaints from parents - particularly whenever a new James Bond film came out - who felt that they were better placed than the BBFC to decide which films their under 12s could cope with.

Therefore, in 2001 the BBFC carried out a pilot in Norwich allowing under 12s to see the 12 rated films showing during the eight week pilot period. The outcome was that the public was only in favour of making the 12 cinema rating advisory if under 12s were accompanied by an adult throughout the film, and if information about the content of the film, for instance, 'Contains a single use of strong language and moderate violence' - BBFCinsight - was available on publicity material and was included in local cinema listings. The BBFC then carried out a national survey in May 2002 and got almost identical results, with over 70% of people supporting the introduction of 12A, as it is now known, provided children under 12 were accompanied by an adult and Consumer Advice was available to help them make informed decisions about what their children could watch.

Once the BBFC was satisfied that the film industry was including the BBFCinsight for U, PG and 12A on publicity and that the cinema exhibitors were including 12A Consumer Advice in cinema listings, the new category was introduced on 30 August 2002. All 12 rated cinema films automatically then became 12A, although the video rating remains at 12."

dementedpixie Mon 19-Oct-15 19:36:32

www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/how-does-classification-work if you scroll down you can click on each classification to see what it means

thatstoast Mon 19-Oct-15 19:37:01

12A puts the responsibility on the parent to decide if the film is suitable. I saw the Martian yesterday which had quite a lot of swearing including fuck. That's a 12A so not really suitable for young children but your choice. You definitely can't say fuck in a pg.

NickNackNooToYou Mon 19-Oct-15 19:38:22

Thank you EdithWeston

Hulababy Mon 19-Oct-15 19:39:04

www.bbfc.co.uk/sites/default/files/attachments/BBFC%20Classification%20Guidelines%202014_2.pdf

KatharineClifton Mon 19-Oct-15 19:40:48

They're all pretty arbitrary anyway. My toddlers watched original 3 Star Wars with me a lot - my videos said U on them. When I replaced them on DVD they'd changed to a PG. Same films.

Racundra Mon 19-Oct-15 19:44:12

I just cannot understand WHY Disney would take over the star wars franchise and not make it suitable for children. It's ridiculous.

Hulababy Mon 19-Oct-15 19:47:14

BBFC still says the original Star Wars are a U

AuntieStella Mon 19-Oct-15 20:04:40

Original Star Wars (now ep4) has always been a U in UK, but is (was?) OG in US. Perhaps your DVDs were destined for the other side of The Pond?

www.bbfc.co.uk/case-studies/star-wars

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