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FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

So I've someone visiting with her son in December, and it was mentioned that he'd almost certainly want to see the new Star Wars movie around then. Thing is he'll be eight and a half by then and from what I gather the film rating system jumps from 6 to 12 and, despite the franchise having been taken over by Disney, I have a feeling it will be set as for 12-year olds.

Now I have been told that if accompanied by an adult, you can lower the age by 2 years, but that will still be one and a half older than he'll be at this stage and I don't know quite how strict they'll be on this.

Anyone have any experience on this sort of thing?
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Old 27.07.2015, 17:17
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

When the first Narnia film came out, my youngest daughter was below the age for Basel... so we went to Aarau and saw it there.
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

My son will be 9.5 by December and he's a huge Star Wars fan. However I'm not sure I'll let him watch the new movie at the cinema: some scenes are much scarier when watched on a big screen with full surround sound effects. It might all be a bit too much for his age.
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

Well, according to the German FSK site, with parental guidance a child of six can be brought into a 12's movie. However, I don't know if this holds true in Switzerland.
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My son will be 9.5 by December and he's a huge Star Wars fan. However I'm not sure I'll let him watch the new movie at the cinema: some scenes are much scarier when watched on a big screen with full surround sound effects. It might all be a bit too much for his age.
Wow, I watched the first Star Wars trilogy in full when I was younger than 9 and there was nothing in it that was 'scary', and that was all live action. Sounds like you're mollycoddling him unnecessarily, especially if he is a Star Wars fan...

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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

Similar situ here, my son is 10 and loves Star Wars. He'll probably end up taking me!
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Old 27.07.2015, 20:41
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Wow, I watched the first Star Wars trilogy in full when I was younger than 9 and there was nothing in it that was 'scary', and that was all live action. Sounds like you're mollycoddling him unnecessarily, especially if he is a Star Wars fan...
The first trilogy is way tamer than the second one, especially as the special effects are way less up to date.

Moreover I know my own son, and I know he can be scared quite easily as he has a very vivid imagination. Therefore I don't think it's mollycoddling to let him mature a bit before watching a movie
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The first trilogy is way tamer than the second one, especially as the special effects are way less up to date.

Moreover I know my own son, and I know he can be scared quite easily as he has a very vivid imagination. Therefore I don't think it's mollycoddling to let him mature a bit before watching a movie
The special effects in the original trilogy were more realistic as it was ALL live action and puppetry, there was no CGI. They were also much darker, grittier and less kiddish than the second trilogy.

Of course feel free to not let your kid see it, it is your child after all, but to say the newer prequel trilogy were "scarier" just because they were overloaded with CGI is just plain wrong... their tone was completely different to the originals and really geared more at children. I don't see how anyone who watched them all (and I have, countless times) can think otherwise.
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Old 28.07.2015, 09:25
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The special effects in the original trilogy were more realistic as it was ALL live action and puppetry, there was no CGI. They were also much darker, grittier and less kiddish than the second trilogy.

Of course feel free to not let your kid see it, it is your child after all, but to say the newer prequel trilogy were "scarier" just because they were overloaded with CGI is just plain wrong... their tone was completely different to the originals and really geared more at children. I don't see how anyone who watched them all (and I have, countless times) can think otherwise.
Though I fully agree with you from an adult perspective, I don't think it's true from a child's one. Most of the psychological subtleties and gritty elements from the first trilogy totally escaped my son (though he liked them very much anyway). Purely visually, the complex CGI of the second trilogy makes it more overwhelming to a child, especially on a big screen.
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Though I fully agree with you from an adult perspective, I don't think it's true from a child's one. Most of the psychological subtleties and gritty elements from the first trilogy totally escaped my son (though he liked them very much anyway). Purely visually, the complex CGI of the second trilogy makes it more overwhelming to a child, especially on a big screen.
My young cousins didn't seem to have any issues like you are describing when we watched them so I am afraid I can't identify with you there, but everyone is different I guess!
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

I was 11 when I saw Alien for the first time. If anything my reaction was not of fear - although there were some good moments, but of disappointment that you didn't really get a good look at the alien.

By comparison Star Wars was a fluffy bunny parade.
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I was 11 when I saw Alien for the first time. If anything my reaction was not of fear - although there were some good moments, but of disappointment that you didn't really get a good look at the alien.

By comparison Star Wars was a fluffy bunny parade.
I saw Aliens around that age too, the first one was fine but the second one fuelled my sci-fi horror imaginations (in a good scary way, I was horribly fascinated by it) for some time and led to an appreciation of Gigers work.
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

Don't want to seem rude, but all this is a bit OT.

Whether Mélusine considers Star Wars appropriate for her/his son is entirely up to them. They can choose to have elective circumcision carried out on their child, or send them to military school, or be initiated into some evangelical cult or whatever too - it's none of our business.

It's not an opinion shared by the mother of the boy I mentioned, so giving us her/his opinion wasn't really helpful and off the point, TBH. However, debating the subject is just serving to drag the topic off on a tangent further.

So, can anyone advise on how the system here works or is this ultimately going to involve a trip to Constance?
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As with so many thing in Switzerland, it depends on the canton and in some canton it can depend even on the commune. You have to look which canton/commune will use which rating and restriction, and yes may be a trip to the big canton may be needed.

Let see Ant-Man which is FSK 12 (Accompanied from 6) in Germany
http://www.filmmag.de/filme/4316-Ant-Man

Here the Swiss restrictions, ranging from 6 unaccompanied up to 12 hard.
http://t.cineman.ch/en/movie/2015/Antman/cinema.html
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Don't want to seem rude, but all this is a bit OT.

Whether Mélusine considers Star Wars appropriate for her/his son is entirely up to them. They can choose to have elective circumcision carried out on their child, or send them to military school, or be initiated into some evangelical cult or whatever too - it's none of our business.
I would generally agree, were it not posted on a public forum for everyone to read and voice an opinion based on their own experience.

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I would generally agree, were it not posted on a public forum for everyone to read and voice an opinion based on their own experience.
With all due respect, just because this is a public forum, it doesn't make it a free-for-all. Otherwise we could spam the fora, post illegal content, and there would be no moderators. Dragging a thread completely off-topic also generally falls into the category of what public fora discourage or ban.
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

This is EF, where the best threads all gained their stars by going off topic!

OP, this is a forum, not Google. People answer your questions on a voluntary basis. Whether you like the answers or not is your problem. Like in real life, a simple question can lead to opinions and a debate.
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Re: FSK: Swiss Film Rating for upcoming Star Wars Movie?

I was thinking about taking my kids to Geneva to see Pixels in english. The age restriction is 10. My son is 9. Are they really that strict? I would hate to get there and be turned away.
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I was thinking about taking my kids to Geneva to see Pixels in english. The age restriction is 10. My son is 9. Are they really that strict? I would hate to get there and be turned away.
I really doubt they'd bother checking, especially if you're with him/her. At least it never happened to us.
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OP, this is a forum, not Google. People answer your questions on a voluntary basis. Whether you like the answers or not is your problem. Like in real life, a simple question can lead to opinions and a debate.
If people don't want to answer, that's fair enough. But I'd rather they don't hijack the thread and derail it, blocking others from answering, either.

And while we may not always like the answers, they do generally bare a vague connection to the question when we ask on the Internet.
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