STOCKHOLM — A Swedish distrib is fighting censors who have slapped the highest rating on Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” barring anyone under 15 from seeing the pic.
The Board of Film Censors believes scenes in which the young robot-boy is abandoned by his mother in a forest could upset children.
“We feel that sensitive kids could be really scared and as a result suffer damage. This is the age where kids are emotionally developing,” film censor Jonas Wall told Daily Variety.
Staffan Wallhem at distrib Sandrew Metronome disagreed. “If violent fare including ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’ got an 11-rating,” he said, “we cannot understand why the same would not apply to ‘A.I.’ We have decided to protest and apply for a lower rating.”
Spielberg and the Swedish board of censors have a history of conflicts that goes back 20 years. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” was given an 11-rating because the censors thought some scenes were scary and presented the adult world in a hostile way. The distrib fought for a lower rating but lost.