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50/50

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50/50

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 99m 54s

Release date 25/11/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, once very strong, strong sex and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Jonathan Levine

Cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/11/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

50/50 is a comedy about a man who is diagnosed with a life threatening tumour in his spine. The film was classified '15' for very strong language, strong sex and sex references.

The film contains a single use of very strong language. It is used by a character who sees his best friend's girlfriend kissing another man. The woman is out of ear shot and the use is not directed at her. At '15' the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'The strongest terms (for example, ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. The film also includes frequent use of strong language. Some uses are in the sexualised sense, others are directed but in the context of a good natured comedy. The Guidelines allow for 'frequent use of strong language' at '15'.

The film also includes frequent crude sex references, with jokes about 'blow jobs' and 'hand jobs' for instance. The references are usually contained in comic conversations between the two main characters. The Guidelines at '15' state that 'There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context'. The film contains one strong sex scene in which a woman is seen thrusting on top of a man. There is no strong sexual detail and the scene plays a part in demonstrating the changing priorities of the character. At '15' the Guidelines state that 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail'.

Details

Distributor(s)
Lions Gate UK Ltd
Classified date(s)
26/08/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
99m 54s
Approved footage
8991+0
BBFC reference
AFF283018
Registration number
CFJ24182

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