Jack Reacher cut to get 12A certificate in the UK

News Simon Brew
14 Nov 2012 - 07:45

The upcoming Jack Reacher movie, starring Tom Cruise, has been cut back in the UK, to get a softer rating...

And here we go again. For the third time this year, a major release - following The Woman In Black and, laughably, Taken 2 - has been chopped by its distributor to get a 12A certificate in UK cinemas. The 12A rating, the British equivalent of PG-13, pretty much lets anyone in (under the proviso that they're accompanied by an adult), and the certificate has been bestowed on the forthcoming Tom Cruise-headlined Lee Childs adaptation, Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher was originally classified 15 by the BBFC, but two seconds' worth of changes were made "at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category".

The exact content of those cuts? It doesn't seem very spoiler-y to us, but look away if you don't want to know...

"Company chose to reduce two moments of violence (a woman being suffocated by a man and a man being hit over the head with a rock) in order to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available".

It's perhaps a little more understandable that Paramount would broaden the audience for Jack Reacher as much as possible, but it still hardly seems like the kind of film to go and take your 12 year old to see on a family outing (although it did no harm with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). That said, the cuts to Taken 2 - no matter have much they rankled - proved to be commercially sound. The film comfortably outgrossed the first Taken in the UK.

Jack Reacher arrives in UK cinemas next month. Its running time is confirmed at 130 minutes. And 12 seconds.


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