A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. U films should be set within a positive framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for pre-school children, this will be indicated in the BBFCinsight. An example of a U rated film is ‘Toy Story’.
A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children. An example of a PG rated film is ‘The Incredibles’.
Films classified 12A and video works classified 12 contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged fewer than 12. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view a 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video work. An example of a 12A /12 rated film is ‘Spider Man’.
No one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video work. There may be strong language, depending on the manner in which it is used. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but the depiction of sexual violence must be discreet and justified by context. An example of a 15 rated film is ‘The Dark Knight’.
No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema. No one younger than 18 may rent or buy an 18 rated video work. In an 18 the viewer may experience very strong violence, strong language, strong horror, strong blood and/or gore and discriminatory language and behavior. An example of a 18 rated film is ‘Hitch’.