Are we living in a new age of film classification?

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  1. Are we living in a new age of film classification?

    I ask because I've just watched a 15 rated film that surely have been an 18. Normally it's the other way round and films that are rated 18 are quite tame. Take, This is England for example; that could have been a PG. And there are load of others too. But getting back to this afternoon's film, it was called Flashbacks of a Fool with Dan Craig and Harry Eden. Harry Eden was that kid in Peter Pan who said, "Er, I plan the battles." but he's grown up a lot since then, just as well really as he's having his first on-camera shagging.

    Well the film starts with Dan having group sex while they are sniffing drugs and drinking. Moments later a voice on a car radio is talking about his girlfriend always giving him head. Shortly after there's teenage mutual masturbation in a ghost-train ride. Soon after that there's small girls asking, "mummy what are cunts?" and being told. Shortly after that said teenager is seduced into having his first ilicit full-on naked sex with someone's wife. Later they have more naked sex too.

    Now I don't object to any of the above, but going by past films surely this should have been rated 18? So, have we reached a new age of film classification?

    If you want to see this film and make your own opinion about it, I got it from Lovefilm.COM and I can recommend their service....
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    well you regularly hear bastard on kids tv which would normally gain a film a pg/15 cert graphic sex and explicit violence is usually how they rate it but unless its a porno you dont see so many 18's anymore

    gone are the days of the rocky horror picture show being XXX when it might get a PG nowadays
  3. But its completely irrelevant anyway isn't it?
    Most cinemas seem not to give a fuck about age limits for films,
    I mentioned it after spending a 15 cert film listening to kids of 10-12 talking and pissing about, told by cinema desk monkey that there told not to challenge people as it's confrontational, cocks
  4. Film classification has more to do with encouraging behaviour rather than showing nudey bits and sweary words.
    Same with offensive and what people might view as offensive.
  5. if they didn't let them into the cinema they'd just go get a pirate copy of the bloke on the market anyway so cinemas take what they can get. but i agree age raitings arn't what they used to 2 films i've watched recently die hard 4 and the hangover are both 15's but 10 uears ago would have been 18's i rekon. perhaps the UK's just being desensitised to gore, sex and whatever else mary whitehouse hated about telly shes probably spinning so fast in her grave you could hook her up to the national grid
  6. Thanks for the heads up, the wank bank was getting a bit stale, so to speak.

    Piratebay here I come!

    Edit: Have you been in hibernation you plank? I thought it was a new release ffs.

    Trigger, your stage coach is here!
  7. That's 'cos you're a dirty old man who spys on children.
    Admit it, you think that policeman are looking younger don't you? You old git.
    Look on the bright side, at least if they don't challenge people any more it means you can easily get into kiddies films wearing your plastic mac and trouser leg bottoms strapped to your knees. A lot can go on in the dark of a cinema... ;-)
  8. Bastard,
    You're just being arsey because I wouldn't tell you the name of the tailors that does the special trousers and takes the pocket linings out of raincoats......
  9. Funnily enough I was only thinking the same about the non-existence of 18 cert films any more. Either the kids are getting lucky these days with 15 cert or the film industry is not making films of an extreme violent and swear-articulate nature.
  10. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    It was on the BBC a while back
    Not a bad film all in all