Director Tim Miller described it as "an R-rated film," but 13-year-old children in New Zealand are free to watch new ones. Terminator film.
Terminator: Dark Fate, released today, has been rated R13 by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, with warnings for strong violence and offensive language.
But in Australia, the film has a MA15 + rating, which means it is legally restricted to viewers aged 15 years and over (children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian). The film also has a certificate of 15 in the UK, while in the US it has been given an R rating, which requires that anyone under the age of 17 be accompanied by an adult.
Censorship chief David Shanks said based on the research of the office, New Zealand audiences tend to care less about bad language and nudity than other markets, which sometimes makes a difference.
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"You can have a pretty strange situation where a film will have a lot of graphic violence and cruelty which we will limit but American or Australian classification authorities will be much more relaxed, whereas you will get something with some non-brief sexual nudity and they will limit that, and we won't do it. "
Another recent example of a different approach is Once Upon A Deadpool, which is rated M by the Australian Classification Board (meaning the film is not recommended for children but there are no legal restrictions), but is reclassified as R13 in New Zealand.
"There are advantages and disadvantages to this," Shanks said.
"In this case, we have put big limits on other big films from the Australian authorities. Not that we are more conservative or more liberal than other authorities, just because of our involvement with young people and the public, we are accustomed to and sensitive to things slightly different things. "
Shanks also points out that the R13 classification is unique to New Zealand, with the Australian Classification Board having to choose between M and MA15 +.
In the US, the first two Terminator the film is rated R, although the next sequel is rated PG13.
Miller explained the decision to include more adult material in the latest film at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year: "DNA of Terminator is an R-rank film," he said.
"To not do this, R feels dishonest about the source material."