Full-frontal assault on movie titles
Gurinder Chadha’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging has had a late change of title, but not to make it less cumbersome. Apparently the British Board of Film Classification would not grant a PG certificate to a film with the words “thongs” and “full-frontal” in the same title. And it was feared that American parents would not let their children see any movie with “full-frontal” in the title.
Renamed Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, it opens here next Friday with a PG cert from the Irish censor’s office, which gives the advisory: “Gentle ‘rites-of-passage’ comedy of young teenage girls’ romance/angst. Mild sex references.”
The film will be the first released here by Niamh McCaul in her new post as general manager of Paramount Pictures International (Ireland). She founded the independent distribution company Eclipse Pictures through which she released movies as diverse as The Passion of the Christ, The Magdalene Sisters, La Vie en Rose and Pavee Lackeen.
Saoirse Ronan is set to play Charlotte Doyle
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging: Karen Taylor as Connie Nicolson and Alan Davis as Bob Nicolson, the nosey parents in the movie without “full-frontal” in the title