The fourth film in the Jurassic Park series has already taken more than £370 million worldwide and is the UK's No 1 movie. But the scenes of bloodthirsty dinosaurs in 3D have left a few young children in floods of tears. Commentators
have noted that the film is a fang fest and by far the bloodiest chapter in the Jurassic saga .
The cinema film has a 12A certificate, which allows children under the age of 12 to view it if they are accompanied by an adult.
The Daily Mail noted 2 or 3 cases where very young children have been frightened by the film. Eg one parent wrote: Don't be fooled by the 12A and take a six- or seven-year-old.
A spokesman for the BBFC said:
The film is a solid 12A and not close to the 15 borderline. A 15 classification would of course have had the consequence that 14- and 13-year-olds would not have been able to see the film and this would, in our view, have been wholly unnecessary,
and no doubt deeply unpopular as well.
Offsite Comment: Why We Have 12A and What It Means
26th June 2015. See article
by David Cooke
Turning back to Jurassic World , we see an example of a film, based on our research and Guidelines, that is likely to be suited
to those aged 12 or older, particularly 12-14 year olds. It is therefore not entirely surprising to read some feedback about 5, 6 and 7 year old children being frightened by the film. It is worth noting that the PG certificate is generally
suitable for children aged 8 and older, and we offer this guidance on our website. Therefore younger children accessing a 12A film and being upset is not surprising, though other kinds of questions about suitability come into play if the issues at
12A are language or sex references.
What Jurassic World shows is a film firmly at the 12A level, not close to the 15 borderline, but which contains sequences and action a younger child is likely to find frightening. We make this information known and it is ultimately the choice of
the parent to ensure their child views content that suits them. Our job is to help parents make that choice.
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