This week in BBFC guidelines, Nov 19th

Friday November 19th 2010


Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex references

Not to be confused with the surprisingly alright 2006 pseudo-sequel to Open Water, 2010’s Adrift is a Brazilian drama about teenage sexuality. The BBFC have done well not to be scared away by the subject matter, and their justification of the film’s two ‘fucks’ is undeniable: ‘There are two uses of strong language in this film, once as Filipa overhears an argument and once again when this argument is repeated during a dream sequence.’

So it totally only counts as one, OK?!

Contains frequent strong bloody violence

The Extended Classification Information on films with particularly graphic violence can often be spoilerific, so for the benefit of those who are considering giving Dream Home a watch, here are a few spoiler-free words from the lengthy description on the BBFC’s website: ‘zip-lock’, ‘eye socket’, ‘jugular’, ‘jammed’, ‘spraying’, ‘lashings’, ‘lingering’.

There’s something slightly tasteless about the phrase ‘thrusting into a prostitute’ too.

Contains one scene of moderate sex

Apart from the obvious clarification that Uncle Boonmee isn’t really suitable for anyone with the capacity for boredom, the BBFC have summed up the movie’s one vaguely interesting scene as succinctly as possible. In short: ‘There is a brief shot of a catfish flapping about between her legs to indicate that sex is taking place’.

Contains moderate violence and strong psychological threat

Originally rated X with cuts upon its 1960 release, Peeping Tom was later passed uncut at 18 in the mid-nineties and finally 15 for a 2007 DVD release. In a move that’s sure to prompt more than a few ‘What does it take to get an 18 these days?!’ articles in the Daily Mail and similar, the film returns to cinemas this week with the latter rating. The ECI doesn’t go into much detail about their reasoning, except to pass comment on the ‘melodramatic acting style and dated look and feel of the work’.

Get your act together, ‘Powell’.

Contains moderate fantasy violence and threat

Call me crazy but I reckon this is the film that’s going to make the most money at the box office this week. The BBFC’s analysis of the violence in the film is fairly standard for a Harry Potter entry, and to quote their description of the film’s most sexual moment would stop you experiencing the full effect of its completely unexpected appearance, but what I’m always interested in with a Potter movie is the language.

While we’re still waiting on Mrs. Weasley’s notorious ‘Not my daughter, you bitch!’ line, Harry Potter v7.1 does feature ‘several uses of mild bad language, specifically ‘hell’, ‘damn’, ‘git’, ‘piss’, ‘bloody’, ‘bleeding’ and ‘arse’.’

Let’s hope those last two pairs aren’t connected.