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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 83m 0s

Release date 24/02/2016

BBFCInsight strong sex references, violence, drug use, strong language

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Louis Leterrier

Cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Annabelle Wallis, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood, Johnny Vegas, Penélope Cruz, Scott Adkins

Summary GRIMSBY is a comedy about a pair of estranged brothers, one of whom is a secret agent.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 14/02/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GRIMSBY is a comedy about a pair of estranged brothers, one of whom is a secret agent.


There are strong verbal and visual sex references, including to oral sex, masturbation and ejaculation. Some of the references are crude in nature, although they occur within comic contexts.

There are a couple of sex scenes, both of which are comic in nature and lacking in strong detail, although there is sight of pubic hair.


There are several scenes of moderate action violence, with occasional stronger moments including some focus on blood spurting as people are shot.


A character accidentally injects himself with heroin and later expresses the view that the experience was better than expected. However, the comment is comic and the film as a whole does not promote illegal drug use.


Strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms including 'twat', 'bitch', 'bastard' and 'bollocks'.

There are also scenes in which lit fireworks are placed between buttocks.

There is some strong comic nudity.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was originally shown to the BBFC, for advice, in an incomplete form. The BBFC advised the company it was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions to a couple of scenes of crude humour. When the film was submitted for formal classification, these sequences had been acceptably reduced.


Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
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