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  My new movie ratings system idea
Updated 05 August 2003, 08.20
Cinema goers watching a film
Emma thinks the way movies are rated should be changed.

And in her report she tells us how she says the system could be improved for everyone who loves going to the cinema.

"When films are released, they are rated U, PG, 12A, 15 or 18.

They are rated on many things - bad language, violence, scary moments, just to name a few.

But I think that despite the fact that the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) has a good system, it could be better.

Evenly split

I think that, now, instead of there being 12, 15, 18, with a three-year gap between each rating, movies should be rated 12, 14, 16 and 18 with a two year gap instead.

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Buffalo Soldiers
Joaquin Phoenix stars in Buffalo Soldiers
This way, movies which are rated 15 can be split more accurately.

14 and 16 rating

The milder movies such as The Sixth Sense, Anger Management and Antwone Fisher could then be rated 14, so younger viewers can see them.

The stronger 15 rated films such as Buffalo Soldiers, Igby Goes Down, and Vanilla Sky should be rated 16.

This new system works both ways.

It would be a privilege for 14-year-olds to see a film normally rated a 15 certificate.

And it would be only a one-year wait for 15-year-olds to see a 16 rated film.

Everyone wins

As this system is more accurate it will prevent younger audiences from viewing disturbing things which we're not ready to see.

At the end of the day, I think we'd all be winners from this idea."

Emma, 13, Orpington


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