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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 85m 14s

Release date 24/08/2012

BBFCInsight Contains one use of very strong language and frequent strong sex references

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Paul Angunawela

Cast includes Leigh Francis, Laura Aikman, Verne Troyer, Kelly Brook, David Hasselhoff, Kevin Bishop

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 14/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

KEITH LEMON - THE FILM is a British comedy in which a struggling entrepreneur from Leeds becomes an overnight success after he unveils his idea for a new mobile phone on live television. It was rated 15 for one use of very strong language and frequent strong sex references.

The film includes strong verbal and visual sex references throughout. However, the sex references are comic in intent and often highly exaggerated. Examples include a 'love' scene in which Keith Lemon loses control and spurts copious quantities of white liquid over himself and a scene in which Keith imagines himself having sex with his girlfriend, with sight of a blurred erection protruding from his trousers. There is no explicit detail in either scene and the effect is ludicrous rather than erotic. In a further scene, we see Keith having a conversation with another man in a strip club, with two lap dancers rubbing their breasts against the men's faces. However, the breasts are partially obscured by blurring and the emphasis is on the dialogue and incongruity of the scene rather than sexualised nudity. There are several verbal references to sexual activity, most of which are oblique and silly. For example, there are references to 'seagulling' women's 'bangers', to 'bashing back doors in', and to the thickness and length of Keith Lemon's 'tallywhacker'.

KEITH LEMON - THE MOVIE contains a single use of very strong language. It occurs when a woman exclaims that Keith lemon is a "c**ting genius". It is delivered without aggression and the intention is comic. There is strong language throughout, including a single use of 'motherf*****', and infrequent, undetailed and comic verbal drug references.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.

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 work was originally seen for advice in an unfinished form. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to three scenes. These were to reduce sustained close focus on nudity in a lap dancing scene, to reduce the focus on sexual detail during a mimed sequence of sexual activity, and to reduce focus on ejaculate over a pin-up calendar. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.


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