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Friday 15 February 2013, 09:56

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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The latest instalment in the apparently endless Die Hard franchise is released this week. The distributors have cut the film to achieve a 12 certificate - but who is this really benefitting?

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    this is all wrong..and again its all down to money, in both trying to increase box office and 'harder cut' dvd sales. But more importantly, the question should be asked - is this type of film really suitable for under 12's? maybe the BBFC should tell the distributers that it has to be a 15

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    Why is Mark wearing Bane's jacket?

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    I agree with stevie7771, it's all down to money by the cynical accounting end of the film making process. Not sure that the BBFC can do anything to change the way the system is being manipulated. They are there to advise and guide, not censor.
    It's not helped by parents who take children to see films that are probably not suitable for their age. But the parents want to see the film, kids are taken along - what child will say to Mum or Dad "No, it's not a good film for me to see, I'm not going". I wonder if the family buy the "15" rated DVD and let the children watch that. My suspicion is they do. Would the BBFC fund some research to see if this was happening and would there be an opportunity to say if you've made a film with a "12" certificate it cannot then be remade into a "15" DVD/Blu Ray? Would that be practical or enforceable?
    So, for now, the money keeps pouring in and the film company are happy bunnies and we'll get "Die Hard: I'm going to kill all your family including your mum, dad, aunties and uncles and the cousins of your second cousins". (Title suggested by my hubby!). I'll give it a miss, ta!

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    Comment number 4.

    Maybe we need a rating system similar to the states? Their R rating allows for kids to go see the flick as long as they are accompanied by an adult; surely this would help to curb this issue?

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    Comment number 5.

    This is benefitting me because I can pack my 13 year old son off to see it with his mates and I don't have to go and endure what is clearly a monstrous pile of

 

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