Film Ratings

Have you ever been confused by film ratings?

Have you ever wondered what films will be suitable for your and your family to watch?

I know that I have.

As a result, I have decided to look into the process of film ratings in more detail. Here I will discuss the methodology behind film classification and answer frequently asked questions such as:

  • What is the difference between a 12A and a 12?
  • How much swearing can a film contain if it is a 12A?
  • How much violence is permitted in a 15?
  • Are all PG-rated films suitable for kids?
  • What can you expect from an 18-rated movie?
  • How old do you have to be to watch a U-rated film?

To start, here is a handy little graphic that gives the basic information for the main film classification categories:

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Jane Douglas-Jones
Jane Douglas-Jones



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