The Board of Film Censors (BFC) has rated the film 'The Da Vinci Code' NC16.
The film has a "mature content" advice and no children below the age of 16 will be able to watch it at the cinemas in Singapore.
BFC says that, in deciding on the rating, it sought the views of the Film Consultative Panel which comprises a cross section of society, representing different professions, age groups, races and religions.
The majority of members came to the conclusion that the film should be viewed as a thriller and a piece of fiction.
Members agreed that the film can be shown, but at a higher rating as only a mature audience will be able to discern and differentiate between fact and fiction.
An NC-16 rating would make more sense if "mature content" constitutes gross violence or sex. But it appears that the panel comprising "a cross section of society" have just decided to proclaim themselves religious historians to give them the right to proclaim this film fact or fiction. And to add to my amusement, I am left wondering what exactly is the founding criteria for establishing the age of '16' as the point of being able to "differentiate between fact and fiction". What about the non-Christians who don't believe the Bible is fact at all?? Should we ban Mickey Mouse too for confusing young toddlers into believing there are giant talking mice?