This is just an informal announcement on this. But after the HUGE debate that the Pauls and I had on Nerds Assemble this week (listen at the link), I’ve decided that I will go to see Paddington , as directed by Paul King. This film hit the headlines this month not because it’s a live action interpretation of Michael Bond’s fabulous bear from Peru, but because the British Board of Film Classification rated the film a PG (Parental Guidance) rather than the expected U (Universal) rating. You can read the BBFC’s reasoning behind this over on their site here .
Why am I telling you about this? Well, if you’re off to see Paddington this weekend or in the near future, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it (either in the comments below or on social media) and whether you think it deserves its PG rating, especially in relation to other children’s films. When we discussed the rating on Nerds Assemble, there was a lot of incredulity about it, purely because of the things referenced in it had been included in various forms in other children’s films over the years.
Here’s the trailer for the film:
Your comments may be republished on this site, as I try to get to the bottom of what makes this film a PG.
I’m also hoping to see Interstellar this weekend, and if you haven’t checked out Matthew Hurd’s review of this Nolan epic, you totally should .
And if you’re not seeing Paddington any time soon? Well, you’re welcome to let me know what you think children’s films should be rated on. Whether they can handle more than the BBFC seems to think, and so on. Also:
Do you think children’s films are more strictly rated than were 20 or more years ago or the reverse of that?
Please, let me know your thoughts on this in the comments.