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Feb 9

Innocent Ireland

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in On the box, Something to think about

Are the Irish more innocent than the British, or do we just get sex education later on in our school years?

I’ve noticed a very common feature on DVD boxes lately.  You might have seen this before:


What does it mean?  I’m picturing cinemas full of British kids… maybe the odd Irish kid with a fake ID, while the rest of the poor innocent Irish kids are forced into the pubs who will, let’s face it, accept any age group now that the smoking ban and price hikes have diminished their punter numbers so dramatically.

Last night for example, TAT and I indulged in a comedy fest and watched both ‘Superbad‘ and ‘Mr. Woodcock’.  ‘Superbad’ is rated 18 by the Irish Film Censor’s Office, but also rated 15 by the BBFC.  ‘Mr. Woodcock’ is rated 12 by normal standards, but rated 15 for the Irish.  Doesn’t this make us look a bit pathetic?  Are Irish children that naive?  I don’t get it!

I bet that if you approach any Irish 17 year old and ask them what ‘fellatio’ is, they will probably not only be able to spell it backwards correctly the first time, but will also be able to quote references to its performance in at least 10 different films.

Why don’t they do this with speed signs if this is the case?  If you’re foreign, you’re probably a better driver so you may travel at 120kmph along this stretch.  If you’re Irish, you’re probably still on your third provisional license and over the intoxicated substances limit, so you may only travel at 60kmph. 



I’m Irish, and I feel special.  I just haven’t figured out whether it’s a good or a bad thing.

Bring on the comments

  1. Grannymar says:

    Wait till your 18, then we will twll you!

  2. ben says:

    Different unit of measures, more choice with beer, more trusting of waht they let the kids watch pfft dunno what im doin living here!

    Superbad is SO funny, i know i know not the most grown up of humour but it had me in STITCHES!

  3. K8 says:

    Grannymar; Fine then!

    Ben; I stay for the Guinness. I give Superbad a big ole’ thumbs up too, it was pretty mental!

  4. Brianf says:

    Don’t feel bad here it’s 18 for the movies and 21 for the pubs!
    Quit laughing, I’m serious.

  5. Medbh says:

    I didn’t think “Superbad” was a gut-buster, but I thought it was exceptional in developing the love/friendship between the two young men.

  6. Baino says:

    Weird. In the US you can drive when you’re 16, can’t drink until you’re 21. In Oz you can drive at 17 and drink, vote, fight and gamble at 18 and you can see anything at the movies at pretty much any age as long as you have a parent with you. Except those cinemas with lots of men in raincoats crumpling their lolly packets.

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