Who are the BBFC?

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), previously the British Board of Film Censors, is a non-governmental organisation, founded by the film industry in 1912 and responsible for the national classification and censorship of films exhibited at cinemas and video works (such as television programmes, trailers, adverts, public Information/campaigning films, menus, bonus content etc.) released on physical media within the United Kingdom. It has a statutory requirement to classify videos, DVDs and, to a lesser extent, some video games under the Video Recordings Act 2010.

How many age ratings are there and what do they mean?

classification decisions are based on the BBFC’s published and regularly updated Guidelines. The Guidelines are the product of extensive public consultation, research and the accumulated experience of the BBFC over many years. They reflect current views on film, DVD and video game regulation.

U - Suitable for all

PG - Parental guidance

12a - Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over

12 - Video release suitable for 12 years and over

15 - Suitable only for 15 years and over

18 - Suitable only for adults

R18 - Adults works for licensed premises only

Examples of films in each category and why there there.


There is some mild threat and tension, especially as the family run to escape falling rocks, and with a close up of a large tiger-like beast. However, brief jump moments and roller-coaster action aside, there is a strong and emphasis on the characters loving and protecting each other in different ways, and sequences of comic relief.

PG-Parental Guidence

It is clear that the trailer is suitable for children and families though. The moose and the snowman seem as though they might be about to fight each other, and young viewers could worry that the moose will eat the carrot nose. There is a reassuringly happy ending when the moose returns the snowman’s nose safely to him. The snowman sneezes so hard that his head flies off, but, again, this is purely comic, as children have already seen that it isn’t painful for the snowman to rearrange his body parts.


we even see the character Gandalf lying on the ground – perhaps dead – with a bloody face. There are images of war violence where we arrows being shot and people fighting trolls in battle as well as a shot of a character getting flung against a wall.


The main issue that parents had was the 'pencil trick' scene, where The Joker makes a pencil disappear into some poor bloke's face—it's pretty brutal.


The main issue in the film is the sense of threat and intensity.


the reason why this film was rates as 18 was because of the "strong sex" that was in it.


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