As Aussies will tell you, we British like nothing more than a good moan. You can rely on a Pom for some winging. The British Board of Film Classification’s Annual Report 2016 reveals what our movie moans were for last year. Sex and violence remain common cause for complaint.
The one that surprises me is that 30 people wrote to the BBFC with a gripe about Suicide Squad. There’s a lot to moan about for sure, but these folks wanted a lower certificate so they could take younger children to the movies. Were these the same people who found Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to be too scary for their offspring?
There was a more predictable response for Deadpool which was the most complained about movie:
The film Deadpool generated the largest amount of public feedback in 2016, with 51 complaints. The BBFC classified Deadpool at 15 for strong, bloody violence, strong language and sex references. Some viewers were concerned about the level of violence in the film. Though the violence is strong and frequently bloody, this often occurs during fast-paced action sequences with little focus on detail. There is also a comic tone to the violence, and the film’s fantastical setting further distances it from reality. The Classification Guidelines state that at 15, violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The BBFC also received complaints about sex references and strong language in Deadpool. At 15, there may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context. Though strong sex references do occur throughout the film, most of these are in the form of comic verbal quips or innuendo. Deadpool contains frequent use of strong language (‘f**k’, ‘motherf**ker’). However, there is no upper limit on the number of uses of strong language at 15. The sex references and language are therefore acceptable at the classification.
Sausage Party came under fire for sexual references and drug taking, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice also upset folk with violence and its dark tone.