Punters’ bones of contention
The Irish Film Classification Office has confirmed that, of all the horrid films released last year, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones triggered the most complaints. “Quite right too,” we hear you say. The adaptation of Alice Sebold’s book was bleeding awful. Of course, quality is not the issue. Punters were outraged at the reasonably lenient 12A cert. It seems the complainants felt scenes such as that in which Stanley Tucci kidnaps and kills young Saoirse Ronan deserved a more prohibitive classification. Interestingly, the British Board of Film Classification, whose annual report emerged this week, also had The Lovely Bones at the top of its whinge parade. Other films that angered domestic viewers included Vampires Suck, The Other Guys, Precious, Piranha 3D, Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief, Predators and Is Anybody There? It would, however, be stretching it to say that the IFCO was deluged with e-mails. A phone call reveals The Lovely Bones attracted a massive four complaints.