Rewriting movie history

BBC: Call to restrict smoking scenes

An anti-smoking group in Liverpool is calling for all movies with smoking scenes to be given an 18 certificate.

The latest modest proposal from the anti-smoking bigots. Doesn't it seem just a little bit over-the-top to you? Here's a short list of films that would be given an 18 certificate if they had their way:

  • Casablanca
  • The Quiet Man
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Blade Runner
  • The Full Monty
  • As Good As It Gets
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • pretty much any film depicting the Second World War

Yes, we know smoking isn't nice, but neither is being a criminal (not quite the same thing yet—although rapidly heading that way in the movies). Tell you what, while we're at it, let's slap an 18 certificate on every film with a bad guy in it too, just to make sure they don't tempt children towards a life in crime.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


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