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Tuesday 8 October 2013, 14:47

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

We've launched a U certificate short film competition on Kermode and Mayo's Film Review - what are your favourite Us and what is the most unlikely one you can think of?

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    Comment number 1.

    12 Angry Men is a U-rated masterpiece. Special mentions go to Coraline and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory too, for being downright universally terrifying.

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    Comment number 2.

    The original Star Wars trilogy for me is the best example of U certificate films. They are stories about good versus evil, and the trials and tribulations the good guys must go through in order to thwart evil. There is sacrifice, death, betrayal and redemption across the three films, and fewer films carry so much appeal across multiple generations.

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    Comment number 3.

    2001 is an obvious standout as you said, but in recent years I think my favourite U must have been Le Quattro Volte, an extraordinary film that manages to tell the entire story of life without ANY words, let alone four letter ones, or even any mild peril. Looking further back, Man With a Movie Camera is as good an example as any of the fact that U needn't necessarily suggest a film "for children".

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    Comment number 4.

    For me it's Pinocchio, which i've always regarded as Disney's Pan's Labyrinth. The film starts out as traditional Disney family film and then half way through becomes a dark nightmare with the sequence in which boys are turned into donkeys and sold into slavery, without even the reassurance of them being rescued. Generations of five-year-old's have probably been left traumatized by that sequence. Plus most shockingly it also shows the boys smoking cigars, which under the current BBFC guidelines would push the film into the 12A category.

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    Comment number 5.

    I love the Richard Attenborough film Shadowlands. I think it's one of 'Sir Anthony Hopkins' best films; he plays the part of C.S. Lewis, a man who found true love later in life, beautifully. I have to confess that I wept like a baby at the end....
    On a different note, Watership Down is a U certificate film when clearly, at the very least, it needs to be a 12a! The film has a general air of underlying menace and dread which is difficult to shake off afterwards. General woundwart is downright terrifying and left me with several sleepless nights as a child. Plus, if memory serves me correctly there is a seagull in it which says 'p**s off' at one point! Come on BBFC, get your act together and reclassify this deeply disturbing horror movie (surely any film with Art Garfunkel singing Bright Eyes in automatically qualifies as horror). No more children should suffer as I did!!!!


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