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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 107m 18s

Release date 17/09/2010

BBFCInsight Contains moderate sex references, language and violence

Genre(s) Action, Comedy

Director(s) Adam Mckay

Cast includes Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 07/09/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE OTHER GUYS is a US action comedy in which two back-office New York policemen attempt to become heroes by solving the city's biggest crime. It was classified '12A' for moderate sex references, language and violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'. The film includes a number of moderate sex references. The majority of the references are oblique or undetailed in nature (eg references to losing one's virginity, to 'becoming aroused' whilst driving a car at high speed, to viagra and condoms, and undetailed comic references to 'bodily fluids'). Occasionally the references become slightly cruder, most notably when an elderly woman is required to deliver messages between a couple, one of whom thinks he might be about to die. This scene includes references to 'licking the sweat off each other', a 'three day sex marathon' and being unable to walk straight for a week. However, the impact of the references is significantly reduced by their comic nature and by the incongruity of the elderly woman repeating such things. At one point, we see a couple about to have sex but no nudity is shown and the scene cuts away before any sex takes place. Additionally, one scene implies that a character is viewing a pornographic website on his laptop. However, no visual details are shown and the effect is conveyed solely by some undetailed but suggestive verbal remarks, overheard on the laptop speaker.

The film also includes several uses of moderate language (eg 'bitch' and 'whore'). Many of the uses occur within the context of macho banter between male policemen. Occasionally, however, the references are directed towards women, most notably when one of the central characters reflects on his time as a 'pimp' during his college days. However, the references are comic in nature, rather than aggressive, and merely reflect his exaggerated and comic persona. At '12A'/'12', the Guidelines state that 'Moderate language is allowed'.

THE OTHER GUYS also includes scenes of moderate violence. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state that 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail'. Although the film contains several scenes of violence, normally during battles between policemen and criminals, the scenes in question lack any real detail and are generally comic in nature. For example, several scenes depict the central characters fighting, shooting and diving through the air in slow motion, in a clear parody of traditional cop movie conventions. The film also contains chase scenes, including car chases, but the emphasis is on excitement and action rather than more personalised violence.

The film also contains verbal and visual drug references. There are numerous references to 'drug dealing' and 'drug lords', as well as sight of cocaine covering a police car after the vehicle accidentally drives into the centre of a crime scene. However, the effect of these scenes and references is comic and there is no glamorisation or promotion of drug misuse. Additionally, the film includes some throwaway homophobic references, all as part of the policemen's macho personas. However, the film does not endorse such language or attitudes. The film also contains brief sight of a flick knife, within a comic context, and several uses of mild language (eg 'shit', 'asshole').


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