Chat: Are movie age ratings fair?

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Joe finds out how movies get their age classification

It's set to be a big year in Hollywood, with The Artist, Hugo and War Horse all up for Oscars.

Loads of you will probably want to head to the cinema to see what all the fuss is about.

But there's a snag because you may not be old enough to see some of the films without an adult. War Horse is a 12A, which means you can't go and see it if you're under 12, unless you're with an adult.

We asked what you thought about film ratings and if there were any films you wanted to see, but couldn't because of your age...

Your comments

"I think the variation of 12 and 15 films are ridiculous, the majority of films for under 15 are all too babyish, leaving nothing that is worth watching."

Katie, 14, Hull, England

"I think it's fair because if a four year old watched something with vampires they could have really bad nightmares."

Kirstin, 11, Derbyshire, England

"Although I agree with ratings, some times they're too high. It's really hard to find a live action film that's rated under 12."

Ruth, 10, Lancashire, England

"Maybe there could be something like a age 9 and upwards, then it would make it much easier and satisfy more people."

Ebony, 10, Essex, England

"I think it is fair because if you are young and there was no rating you might see a horror film and get scared."

Hannah, 9, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think that the ratings should be just a suggestion, as loads of great movies are rated way too high for us to watch."

Linus, 12, Cumbria, England

"The age rating is so annoying, it should be a guideline, not a law."

Grant, 13, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

"I think every film should have a Parental Guidance certificate because they should let parents decide."

James, 8, London, England

"I think it's fair because some films that are rated 15 have bad words."

Zach, 10, South Wales

"I think it's unfair because people should be judged on their understanding of the film rather than the age they are."

Ruby, 12, Leeds, England

"I really wanted to see War Horse because it looks amazing. Me and four friends went and we weren't allowed in. I think that children should be allowed to see films above their age rating if they have written permission from their parents."

Kate, 10, Exeter, England

"I think that you should be able to watch a film even if you are younger than the rating. If you are with your parents and they have given you permission then it should be ok."

Jayde, 13, West Yorkshire, England

"I think the ratings should not have PG and U. I think it should all go by ages, like 3, 7, 12, 15, and 18. This would make it less confusing and easier to understand.

Bella, 11, Kent, England

"I don't think it's fair because when you see a trailer you're like, 'Oh, that film looks really good!' But when you see the age rating it's a huge let down. I really wanted to see Sherlock Holmes but I couldn't because of the age rating."

Jon, 10, London, England

"I think that it's fair because you can only see movies that are your age group in case of violence."

Danielle, 14, Somerset, England

"I thought that the Inbetweeners movie was a bit too low and it should be a 18, but it's a 15."

Callum, 12, England

"I always thought Eragon should have had a higher rating. It was a PG, but I think it should have been a 12."

Voilet, 12, Lincolnshire, England

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