After a lot of deliberation I decided to go with my family on Saturday to see Ironman 3. It is rated 12A so I was shocked to see so many very young children there. Really, do you want your 5 year to witness gun violence? Not only is some of the content too violent for children, the dialogue and the plot is too complicated to follow for an under 12. If your child is not traumatised they will be bored.
I love movies, I used to love going to the cinema. I have fond memories of going to see the Sound of Music at The Gaumont in Birmingham. The whole family went and it was a experience that we appreciated and had anticipated for weeks.
Not any more. I dread going.
This is why.
People do not behave properly at the cinema any more.
Here is my guide to how to behave at a cinema. Similar rules apply at a concert and the theatre.
If it is classified as a 12A don’t bring your toddler. Really don’t.
This is guidance from the British Board of Film Classification website. Read the full guidance here. 12A means that anyone aged 12 or over can go and see the film unaccompanied. The A stands for ‘accompanied’ and ‘advisory’. Children younger than 12 may see the film if they are accompanied by an adult (eg someone over the age of 18), who must watch the film with them.
What’s the difference between 12 and 12A?
The 12 certificate is just for videos, DVDs and Blu-rays. 12A is for films at the cinema only.
Is there a lower age limit for a 12A film?
No. However, the BBFC considers the content of 12A rated films to be suitable for children aged 12 and over, and we would not recommend taking very young children to see them. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. To help adults make this decision, we provide BBFCinsight for all films.
If you throw sweets at me I will get you thrown out. All 20 of you.
If you talk, even during the trailers I will look at you and if you continue I will get huffy. I may also get you thrown out.
Don’t snog (yuk) and definitely no heavy petting. Double Yuk.
Please arrive before the film starts, preferably before the lights go down.
If you arrive late, don’t choose a seat in the middle of the row. I want to watch the film not your ass.
Don’t make a noise while eating. Better still don’t eat during the film.
I presume you don’t throw litter on your sitting room floor at home so why do it in the cinema?
Turn your mobile phone off. No, not on silent. Off. You are here to watch a film, aren’t you?
Teach your children how to behave in a cinema.
Read the credits, all of them.
I long for the days when there was a B movie, a break to use the loo and get an ice cream then settle in for the feature film. Do you remember the interval in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? A real cliff hanger moment! A proper cinema, no litter and people who are there because they love the whole movie experience. An experience you still get at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham or The Roxy Cinema in Wellington.
And of course bring back these! No messing with these ladies. The one far right, front row, that is my mom!