Pun­ters’ bones of con­tention

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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.

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