Unwanted gift from ‘Santa’

New certificate will restrict admissions to 16 and over

Blame it on “Bad Santa.”

Ireland is changing its film certificate categories Jan. 1 after parents took young children to see the Billy Bob Thornton black comedy. Pic was rated 15PG, meaning children under 15 could see it with an adult.

A new 16 certificate will restrict admission to 16-year-olds and over, bridging the gap between films to which children may be brought and those rated 18, where admission is restricted to adults 18 and over.

The two parental guidance (PG) categories, 12PG and 15PG, will be re-designated 12A and 15A, where the “A” stands for adult.

Films in the two new categories are suitable for those ages 12 and over, and 15 and over, respectively. However, children under that age will be admitted if accompanied by an adult.

Two other ratings remain unchanged: general (suitable for all ages) and PG (suitable for all ages, but parental guidance advised).

The changes have been made following wide consultations.

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