Film censor reveals complaints from Irish audiences

The Lovely Bones is Ireland’s most complained about movie

The Irish Film Classification Office (IFCO) today revealed that Peter Jackson’s film ‘The Lovely Bones’ was the most complained about film in Ireland in 2010. 

The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold dealt with the rape and murder of a teenage girl (played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan).

The movie was originally given a 15A rating but after an appeal by Paramount Pictures it was reduced to a 12A certificate. The film also received the most complaints in the UK for the BBFC, who noted that the difficult subject matter in the film place it ‘right on the borderline’ of a 12 cert and 15 cert movie, but received the 12A rating due the lack of ‘explicit detail of the murder’.

Other films subject to public complaints by Irish audiences were ‘Vampires Suck’, ‘The Other Guys’, ‘Precious’, ‘Piranha 3D’, ‘Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief’, ‘Predator’ and ‘Is Anybody There’.

Bizarrely one of the movies to receive complaints in the UK was ‘Toy Story 3’, which audiences felt was too dark to be awarded such a young certificate.