This is the list of rating categoriesthat the BBFC use to rate filmsdepending on the content. Eachrating has its own criteria, andthe BBFC look at each one whenrating a film. They see whether ornot a film has, for example, badlanguage, bloody violence, adulthumour, sexual references ormoderate horror. They thencheck to see which category thefilm is suitable for depending onwhat it has.
It is impossible to predict whatmight upset any particular child.But a ‘U’ film should be suitablefor audiences aged four years andover. ‘U’ films should be setwithin a positive moralframework and should offerreassuring counterbalances toany violence, threat or horror.If a work is particularly suitablefor a pre-school child to viewalone, this will be indicated in theConsumer Advice.- BBFC WEBSITE
General viewing, but somescenes may be unsuitable foryoung children.Unaccompanied children ofany age may watch. A ‘PG’ filmshould not disturb a child agedaround eight or older.However, parents are advisedto consider whether thecontent may upset younger ormore sensitive children.- BBFC WEBSITE
Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories areawarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Worksclassified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which manyparents will find unsuitable for them.The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film ina cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended fora child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitablefor that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 toview lies with the accompanying adult.The ‘12’ category exists only for video works. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a ‘12’rated video work.– BBFC WEBSITE
No-one younger than15 may see a ‘15’ filmin a cinema. No-oneyounger than 15 mayrent or buy a ‘15’rated video work.- BBFC WEBSITE
No-one younger than 18may see an ‘18’ film in acinema. No-one youngerthan 18 may rent or buyan ‘18’ rated videowork.- BBFC WEBSITE
The ‘R18’ category is a special and legally restricted classification primarily forexplicit works of consenting sex or strong fetish material involving adults. Filmsmay only be shown to adults in specially licensed cinemas, and video works maybe supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops. ‘R18’ videos may not besupplied by mail order.- BBFC WEBSITE