'Sick to my stomach': Irish cinema-goer's anger at kids watching A Star Is Born
If you've had a conversation with anyone in the past couple of months, you'll know that A Star Is Born was a big hit.
People have been raving about the 2018 remake of the classic film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
It took in over €333 million worldwide and was the second most popular film at the box office in Ireland this year - but it looks as though not everyone was a fan.
One viewer was angry that children at the cinema were "put through the trauma of watching a film full of sex, drug-taking, violence and continuous bad language".
In a complaint to the Irish Film Classification Office earlier this year, the cinema-goer said the children in the audience were clearly uncomfortable - despite the film being rated 15A.
"I am sick to my stomach having seen those small children and their obvious discomfort, to put it mildly after the film," the complaint reads, according to The Irish Independent.
"Needless to say, the cinema took no ownership, saying it was rated 15A and therefore up to the parents."
In response, the IFCO director of film classification Ger Connolly agreed that it wasn't appropriate for kids but stood over the classification and said it was up to parents to make a call on it.
"The classification 15A was given with the following consumer advice: 'Scenes of drugs use, moderate/strong violence and sex references'.
"Regarding the presence of very young children, I agree this is not appropriate.
"It is understood, I believe, that 15A means we are of the opinion that the work is unsuitable for those aged 15 and over, but that parents, who know their own children best, may choose to bring someone slightly younger.
"It is responsibly used by the vast majority of cinema-goers and has been successful."
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