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My 11 year old has been watching action films since he was 6 or 7, occasionally with the real time censorship of me sticking a hand over his eyes if a scene is particularly horrible (melting man in Robocop for instance). I was a bit younger than that when my Dad would let me watch stuff like Robocop, Aliens, Terminator etc and like you say, the violence and gore is of a similar calibre to a lot of modern 12a films. 

He watched Predator around age 7 and loved it to the point he got me to make him a screen accurate costume. He's seen all the classics and has an appreciation for the special effects and props which is partly the reason he never had any problems watching action movies from a young age as we went through all the science behind the stunts, blood squibs, that sort of thing. Plus he's seen me make a bunch of masks and props so he always understood it wasn't real. Basically clued him in that it was all fake and pretend, like wrestling. He thinks ED209 is crap, his only personality flaw.

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I watched Dirty Harry for the first time when I was 6 and I turned out.... absolutely terribly, actually.

It's a judgement call for any kid. My eldest seems to be like me in that they don't seem to find anything scary but hate jump scares, so I've shown them Halloween and The Fog and good stuff like that and they've been asking for scarier stuff. Violence and gore are easier to gauge, I find.

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7 hours ago, DEF said:

Die Hard's not especially gory or violent or frightening. The action is pretty much on the level of a 12A these days.

 

7 hours ago, cobra_gordo said:

...stuff like Robocop, Aliens, Terminator etc and like you say, the violence and gore is of a similar calibre to a lot of modern 12a films.

Violence in a 12a is essentially never gory, that's how it qualifies for a 12a.  You're not going to see gun play with serious claret consequences in a 12a.

Die Hard is nearer a 15 now, and I believe was classified as such during its cinema run last Christmas as I took my son who wasn't 18.  Robocop would still be an 18.

Edit: The film of Die Hard was reclassified as a 15 in 2013.

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Charlie's Angels (throw your hands up at me)

I'm not convinced that it deserves the utter panning that its received, but the last 20 minutes and credit scenes are better than the rest of the film and saved it for me.

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1 hour ago, johnnyboy said:

 

Violence in a 12a is essentially never gory, that's how it qualifies for a 12a.  You're not going to see gun play with serious claret consequences in a 12a.

Die Hard is nearer a 15 now, and I believe was classified as such during its cinema run last Christmas as I took my son who wasn't 18.  Robocop would still be an 18.

Edit: The film of Die Hard was reclassified as a 15 in 2013.

Yeah Die Hards been a 15 for ages. Robocop is much more graphic and is rightly still an 18 IMO.

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9 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

Charlie's Angels (throw your hands up at me)

I'm not convinced that it deserves the utter panning that its received, but the last 20 minutes and credit scenes are better than the rest of the film and saved it for me.

Sounds like The Lone Ranger in your description. I will see it, but only after I’ve seen Knives Out and 21 Bridges first

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I won't go into it too much as it has been discussed to death all over the place, but Joker hasn't left my mind since I watched it. In fact I've watched it 3 times now and it gets me every time. Phoenix's performance is absolutely phenomenal. Easily one of the best I've ever seen. Whatever you believe or don't believe about the film as a whole, his work will stick with me for a long time.

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Jesus Christ. I was willing them both to die 10 minutes in, and had to hate watch it until the end to find out. The only time I’ve ever been angry at hearing a Pixies song. Oh god it’s so shit. The scene where he’s playing The Smiths on his office computer so she’ll notice as she walks past made me cringe so hard I hurt my fingers balling my hands into fists. Probably the worst film I’ve ever seen 

Isn't this....the point of the film? That he's so into himself he's viewing her through his own vision which is selfish and twattish? She's not even a real character, its his perception of her.

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9 minutes ago, Factotum said:

Isn't this....the point of the film? That he's so into himself he's viewing her through his own vision which is selfish and twattish? She's not even a real character, its his perception of her.

Perhaps, but I still wanted them both to meet a really grisly and bloody end, caricature or not. 

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I'm with Rashers, it's an appalling film with one of the worst endings in cinema history.

Knives Out is absolutely superb though. I'm not a whodunnit fan but Rian Johnson has done a brilliant job taking its best elements and subverting it's usual tropes. He's a master craftsman, the lad.

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Another Knives Out fan. Stunning. A cracking story, Craig is wonderful but to be honest everyone is great. More importantly I never guessed how it would end. See it spoiler free

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1 hour ago, johnnyboy said:

Frozen II

The songs didn't grab me in the same way as the first one, but overall I found it far more fun with plenty of gags for the adults in the audience.

I’m hoping a second watch will improve. I left not remembering a single song. Thought the story was very predictable. But going with the wife and daughter Saturday so as long as my daughter likes it, job done I spose 

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