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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 96m 49s

Release date 19/08/2011

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

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Ben Palmer

Cast includes Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Head

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 09/08/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE is a comedy about four young men who have finished their A Levels and decide to go on holiday to Malia in Crete. The film is based on the TV series of the same name, and was classified '15' for strong language, twice very strong, and strong sex references.

There are strong sex references throughout the film, with verbal and visual jokes about 'fingering' women, remarks about 'vag', 'minge' and 'clunge', crude hand gestures, and implied masturbation with ham slices as one character watches a pornography website. There is also a scene in which it is implied that oral sex has taken place as part of a stage act in a club. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely  to be acceptable unless justified by context'. Although many of the verbal and visual jokes in the film are crude, they occur within a comic context and are likely to be familiar to fans of the TV series.

The film contains frequent use of strong language and two uses of very strong language. The Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). 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 two uses of very strong language are not personally directed.

The film also includes some brief and undetailed snorting of cocaine by a clearly negative character.

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

THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE was originally seen by the BBFC in an unfinished version. The company was informed that the film was likely to receive an '18' classification but the preferred '15' classification could be achieved by making cuts in four scenes. These were to remove an aggressive use of very strong language, to remove a particularly crude verbal sex reference (to urolagnia), and to reduce the explicitness of two scenes of sexual activity (one of self-fellatio and one of masturbation). When the completed version of the film was submitted, the aggressive use of very strong language had been redubbed, the crude verbal sex reference had been removed, and the strong scenes of sexual activity had been reduced, by a mixture of cutting and reframing. The film was therefore classified '15' without further cuts.


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