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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 90m 38s

Release date 04/11/2011

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Miranda July

Cast includes Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Washofsky, Isabellla Acres, Joe Putterlik

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE FUTURE is a comedy drama about a young couple who start to realise the changes that will occur in their lives when they adopt a cat that is due to be picked up in the next month. The film was classified '12A' for infrequent strong language and moderate sex.

There are four uses of strong language. One is related to sexual activity but none of the uses are aggressive. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'.

The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' also state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'. There is a scene in which a young woman is shocked when the middle-aged man she's befriended puts his hand on her knee and then roughly tries to kiss her. The woman gets up and walks away. However, the man walks up to her and takes her knickers off, before unzipping his trousers. There is brief sight of her buttocks as she stands waiting, before he positions himself behind her. This is followed by the sound of the woman groaning as a sofa knocks against a doorframe, implying sex. The scene ends at this point, with no further detail shown.

The film also contains brief sex references when an old man reads out a dirty limerick he's written about Santa & Mrs Claus. However, the references are comic and undetailed.

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