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The British Board of Film Classification has updated its website
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, and as part of the remodel made the Extended Classification Information more visible. And oh the wisdom as the classifiers must justify their actions ... [via
For Hamlet 2:
"Strong language is permitted at the '15' level under the guidelines, as are strong sex references. As part of the comically inept and bad taste songs in the musical there are references to rape and fisting. One of the play's audience experiences a cathartic reaction during the premiere and confesses to having been abused as a child. In all of these instances broad comedy is the intention, and the issues are all well precedented at the stated category."
For Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
"Moderate language includes a couple of directed uses of 'bitch', and a suggestion of strong language - although never anything explicit or actually completed, just 'f'ing', 'mother ...' and 'fu ..' - all acceptable at '12A'. There is a short, comic scene, where Sam's ditzy mother inadvertently eats a hash cookie that she buys at college, not realising what it is. There is no sight of any actual drug taking - just a brief shot of a packet with a marijuana leaf on it. Whilst the eating of a hash cookie is not openly condemned in the film - although a worried Sam and his dad do try to stop her - the mother subsequently embarrasses herself and her family, and is not at all portrayed as a cool or positive role model. As such, these soft drugs references were permitted at '12A', where BBFC Guidelines direct 'Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or instructional'."
And the synopsis for Avatar which demonstrates perfectly what's happened to modern filmmaking:
"AVATAR is a science fiction action adventure film about a man whose genetically engineered human-alien hybrid has been grown on a planet and is intended to persuade the indigenous population to relocate and allow the human military to drill for valuable minerals. It was passed '12A' for moderate violence and intense battle scenes."