German thesp Til Schweiger has riled parents and the local media by slipping a generous dose of smut, including an explicit sex scene, into his hit laffer “Keinohrhasen.”
The heartthrob — who not only produced, directed and stars in the pic, but also wrote the screenplay — was able to get a general admissions rating for it, allowing children of six and above to see the film, despite the salacious dialogue.
Aided by this generous decision delivered by film ratings agency Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft, the pic has gone on to pull in a muscular 2.7 million admissions in its first three weeks.
“I had thought the film would get a rating letting only kids 12 and up in,” Schweiger said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper in reaction to the protests from parents, who had taken their kids to the pic, unaware of its adult content, and were then asked about “blow jobs” and the other new terms they had learned from the pic.
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The topper of the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft, Birgit Goehlnich, said that it had been a close vote by the board on whether the film should be open to 6 year olds. She said the board had since been deluged with complaints from parents.
“Our task is to make sure that the physical and spiritual well-being of children at a certain age won’t be harmed,” she said. “It all depends on the balance of a film overall and individual scenes. But at the end of the day there is no such thing as an ‘objectively correct’ decision.”
She added that the rating could still be changed if enough viewers complain with state authorities.
Schweiger’s four children, all under the age of 12, have small roles in the pic that is ostensibly about and for children. Schweiger, who became a headliner in Germany after “Maybe… Maybe Not,” defended the pic’s rating, even though he said he could see why some parents were upset by the language.
“I can understand that some parents might not want to watch this film with their younger children,” Schweiger said. “But, on the other hand, a lot of children under 12 know a lot more about the facts of life than their parents would ever believe.”