18 Shades of Grey…Fifty Shades of Grey given an 18 rating by the BBFC

Posted: 2 February, 2015 in BBFC Decisions, New Releases
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BBFC logo Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 USA romance by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Jennifer Ehle. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

The BBFC has now passed the cinema release as 18 uncut for string sex.

The BBFC adds in its Insight comment:

The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to such practices and the instruments used.

No doubt the distributors are pleased as US Hollywood films are very restrictive on the amount of sex allowed and there was a fear that the film was heading towards 15 territory.

For comparison, other countries have rated the film as follows:

  • US: R rated (17A in UK ratings terminology) for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.
  • Australia: rated MA15+ (15A in UK ratings terminology) for strong sex scenes, sexual themes and nudity
  • Czech Republic: 15
  • Sweden: 15
  1. Brynn Trent says:

    Bet its full of penises no clits or labia minor..When us lads ever via tv or dvd going to see female genitals like women can see male genitals even at Cert 15? When they do on tv out comes the blurs and pixelations yet they allow eretions thanks to sexist ofcom.Bloody sick of it double standards sexist sexism.