Site rates films for risk of upset
A couple have set up a website to help parents choose which films are suitable for children.
Michael and Laura Record came up with the idea after seeing their young nephews so terrified they had to be taken out of a cinema.
Michael, 30, a legal secretary, from Evington, Leicester, said: "It stuck with me just how terrified the boys were.
"We were watching Toy Story 3 with them and their parents and they were really upset by some of the content.
"There is a bit when a zombie doll is on screen and that scared one of the boys so much he had to be taken out of the cinema to calm him down.
"Laura and I were shocked by this. It had a big effect on the boys and on their parents, too."
Michael and Laura, 28, do not have children but thought there was gap in the market.
Laura said: "We felt beyond the classifications of PG, 12 and 12A there was wealth of information parents could have.
"The experience of my sister's children showed us if some parents had extra information about a film they could make a more informed decision about whether the movie is suitable.
"What we are trying to do is to provide that additional information."
On isthismoviesuitable.com, Michael and Laura give marks out of five for criteria including bad language, sexual content, violence and fear factor.
Michael said: "We are not trying to give the plot away, we are trying to inform parents about content which might upset a child. Different children are upset by different things so we aim to signpost anything that might be an issue."
Laura said: "We believe movies can be very powerful – the stories can lift your spirits, encourage empathy and sympathy as well as make you question your own opinions.
"Children should be able to enjoy movies without adults having to worry about unexpected content."
The couple are busy reviewing films. Michael said: "In a way it is great fun for us, but there is a serious side.
"If the website helps stop one child being upset and improves one family's enjoyment of a film, it will have been worthwhile."