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Cuties classified MA 15+

A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film, Cuties, is classified MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) with the consumer advice ‘strong themes’.

In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, Cuties warrants an MA 15+ classification because the themes can be accommodated within context.  The other classifiable elements can be accommodated at lower classifications.

It is the view of the Classification Review Board that depiction of how young people can be influenced by the internet and social media today to their possible detriment is real.

It is for the above reasons, that the Classification Review Board has decided Cuties warrants an MA15+ classification no higher than ‘strong’.

Films classified MA 15+ are considered unsuitable for persons under 15 years of age. It is a legally restricted category. Consumer advice is additional information about the main content of a film which is intended to help consumers decide if they want to view this type of material.

The Classification Review Board convened today in response to an application to review the decision made by the Classification Board on 17 September 2020, to classify Cuties MA 15+ with the consumer advice ‘Strong themes’.

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films 2012. This is the same framework used by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. It makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board’s reasons for this decision will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

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Statement authorised by Convenor, Classification Review Board