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Pulse Tips 7 movie rating symbols you should know

Those symbols mean so much more than you can begin to imagine, as they specify the rating for each movie, helping to categorise each movie for viewing by age grade.

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7 movie rating symbols you should know

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Remember those strange symbols you find in movies, that you realise have a meaning but you just never get?

Those symbols mean so much more than you can begin to imagine, as they specify the rating for each movie, helping to categorise each movie for viewing by age grade.

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Nigerians have been known to be lax about setting movie restrictions, but this more to do with ignorance than nonchalance.

So lets get it out of the way, so we aren't lost the next time these symbols pop up on our screens before a movie begins.

  1. The U symbol: The capital U stands for Universal. This means that the content of the movie can be viewed by ages 4 and above. However, it is impossible to predict what might upset a particular child as personalities differ, especially at this lower end of the category range.

  2. The PG symbol: PG stands for Parental Guidance and is one of the most common symbols which a couple of Nigerian parents actually recognise. This symbol also shows that the movie is suitable for general viewing, but some scenes maybe unsuitable for kids. PG films should be suitable for ages 8 and above, while parents can decide if the contents of the movie would be suitable for younger children.

  3. The 12A symbol: Films classified as 12A or video works categorised as 12 contain materials which are not generally suitable for children younger than 12. No child younger than 12 is allowed to see a 12A movie at the cinema except accompanied by an adult. Any adult taking a child younger than 12 to see a 12A movie is expected to consider the contents of the movie to decide if it is suitable for that child.

  4. The 12 symbol: To see a 12 movie, the child must be 12 or older as the contents of the movie are usually not suitable for kids younger than 12. Kids below 12 are not allowed to rent or buy movies with this rating.

  5. The 15 symbol: Movies rated 15 should not be viewed by teens younger than 15, neither are they allowed to buy or rent such moivies.

  6. The 18 symbol: Movies or video works rate 18 are restricted for adults alone. No one below the age of 18 is allowed to rent, buy or watch a movie rated 18, at the cinema. Movies rated 18 are highly unsuitable for kids below 18.

  7. The R18 symbol: The R18 category of movies is a special and legally restricted classification primarily for explicit works of consenting sex or strong fetish material involving adults. Such films can only be shown to adults in specially licenced cinemas, while such video works can be supplied to adults only in licenced sexshops. R18 movies are not to be supplied by mail order.

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