Type of media Film
Approved Running time 94m 2s
Release date 25/05/2012
BBFCInsight Contains moderate sex references
Director(s) Wes Anderson
Cast includes Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, L.J.Foley, Jason Schwartzman
Cut This work was passed uncut.
- ECI information
BBFCinsight publication date 15/05/2012
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MOONRISE KINGDOM is a comedy drama set in the 1960s about a young boy scout who elopes with a girl, resulting in a search for them. It was classified '12A' for moderate sex references.
In one scene the boy and girl dance and kiss. The girl is wearing her bra and knickers and asks the boy "Can you French kiss?", to which he replies "How does it work?". As they embrace, the girl says "It feels hard", implying that the boy is having an erection. The girl then allows the boy to touch her chest and remarks "I think they are going to grow more". In another scene, some boy scouts discuss whether the central male character managed to 'get to third base' with the girl, whether he 'felt her up' and whether he did this 'over shirt or under shirt?'. These references exceed the type of mild sex references and innuendo that may be permitted at 'PG' and are more appropriately classified at '12A' where the Guidelines state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'.
MOONRISE KINGDOM also includes infrequent scenes of violence. In one scene, a group of boy scouts attack the boy and girl and one of the scouts fires an arrow. In the next scene, we see one of the scouts with blood on his hands and a dog lying dead with an arrow in its body. We also see another scout with a bloodstained shirt after he has been stabbed in the side by the girl, who is clutching bloody scissors. No detail of the violence is shown on screen. In another scene, a boy fights one of the scouts and repeatedly punches the healed wound in the scout's side. There are also some scenes in which boys carry a knife, an axe and a spiked club. These scenes occur within the context of a comedy drama in which children often imitate the behaviour of adults but where such behaviour is not condoned. The violence is undetailed and there is no glamorisation of the weaponry. The film also includes a scene in which the girl moans in pain as the boy pierces her ear with a fish hook, causing blood to trickle down her neck. The girl's mother subsequently disapprovingly comments on the piercing. The piercing is not shown in any detail and neither is it shown to be pain-free. This presentation means that it is unlikely to be copied by children. There are also some scenes showing adults smoking cigarettes, a child carrying an old-fashioned pipe which he does not smoke and an adult offering beer to an adolescent boy. This lifestyle activity is neither glamorised nor promoted. The film also contains some mild bad language, for example uses of 'son of a bitch', 'bastards', 'hell', 'goddamn', 'Christ', 'damn', 'God', and 'jerks').
Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.
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- 94m 2s
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