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FREAK SHOW

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FREAK SHOW

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 90m 51s

Release date 22/06/2018

BBFCInsight moderate violence, discrimination theme, sex references, strong language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Trudie Styler

Cast includes Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Celia Weston, Willa Fitzgerald, Laverne Cox, Larry Pine, Bette Midler, John McEnroe

Summary FREAK SHOW is a US comedy drama in which an eccentric teenager struggles to find acceptance at his conservative high school.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/06/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FREAK SHOW is a US comedy drama in which an eccentric teenager struggles to find acceptance at his conservative high school.

Violence

A teenage boy is attacked by a gang of bullies, leaving him unconscious with streaks of blood on his face. In a later scene, two teens get into a brief fistfight.

Discrimination

The main character is verbally and physically abused by his classmates, who use homophobic slurs (e.g. 'faggot', 'queer', 'homo', 'fudge-packer') and hurl projectiles at him in the school hallway. However, the film carries a resolutely anti-discrimination message.

Sex

There is a scene in which it is implied a teenage boy has an erection in gym class, which causes him embarrassment. There are also references to anal sex.

Language

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), alongside milder terms like 'prick', 'bitch', 'dick', 'asshole', 'crap' and 'pissed'.

There is also an isolated reference to self-harm when a girl is described as 'a cutter for Christ'. An older character is depicted as being an alcoholic, and there is a reference to abortion.

Details

Title
FREAK SHOW
Year
2018
Distributor(s)
Miracle Communications Ltd
Classified date(s)
11/05/2018
Main language
English
Submitted run time
90m 51s
Approved footage
8176+8
BBFC reference
AFF362903
Registration number
CFJ44666

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