Okay this is a blog dedicated to Witchblood, my writing and YA books in general but after recently watching Hunger Games at the cinema and then a couple of RomComs on dvd I feel the need to share.
Last night I watched 'Love and Other Drugs' with the lovely Jake Gyllenhall & Anne Hathaway in the starring roles. I enjoyed it. It was funny and romantic and had a nice message as the womanising Jamie falls for Maggie, a girl with stage one Parkinsons Disease.
A couple of weeks ago I watched 'No Strings Attached' another RomCom with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. Another good funny, easy to watch film with great acting.
What disturbs me is the censorship certification going on here. Both the films above are Cert 15 films, both films have a fair amount of sex in them. In Love & Other Drugs you get to see Maggie's breasts, & both of them in various naked tangled heaps...but you don't see any actual sex. It's not pornographic, and Jake Gyllenhall's arse is rather cute! There is no particularly bad language going on, no violence what so ever and the adults in both films are single twenty somethings, with their heads screwed on. Personally I would be fine with my 14 year old seeing these films, but it isn't the 15Cert that bothers me...
What concerns me is the 12Cert that is given to The Hunger Games & the Twilight Saga in contrast to these films. What message are we giving our kids? That teenagers set-up to kill each other with crossbows & knives is okay viewing for a 12 year old but sex between two consenting adults is immoral?
Now don't get me wrong I love all these films. I loved the books first & then enjoyed the films. They are entertaining and draw you in. Twilight Saga is definitely the tamer of the two series, but at the end of each film there are scenes which are extremely violent: Twilight - you get visuals of vampire heads being ripped off and burned, in the second you see families with small children taken in to the Volturi & hear their screams as they are feasted upon, and I think Breaking Dawn is enough to put any teen from getting pregnant, as we watch Bella consumed by the child within her.
The second half of The Hunger Games is one violent act after another, and we watch adults play with these children like pawns. First they revel in setting up fires to burn them, and later create beasts to tear them apart. We watch as all but the two survivors are murdered in one horrific way after another...But hey there's no sex! So that makes it a 12certificate right? If you are over 15 and have enjoyed the books I would certainly recommend you go and see The Hunger Games. I think the books offer a lot more commentary than the film does, but I know for certain there is no way I would want my twelve year old to see this film. Essentially all that stands between this and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which is an 18) is a bit of camera shake to distill the violent acts on screen.
I'm confused...what do you think?