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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 123m 12s

Release date 13/06/2012

BBFCInsight Contains one use of strong language and moderate sex references

Genre(s) Drama, Musical

Director(s) Adam Shankman

Cast includes Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Nash, Mary J. Blige

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/06/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ROCK OF AGES is a musical drama based on the recent stage production. It uses popular songs from the 1980s to tell the story of a young woman who arrives in Los Angeles looking to become a singing star. The film was classified '12A' for one use of strong language and moderate sex references.

The film contains a single use of strong language, which is delivered without aggression. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'.

Moderate visual and verbal sex references feature throughout the film. There are references to 'vagina', some oblique wordplay on oral sex, and a comment made by a man on meeting a woman again after many years, who tells her: "Your tits have held up pretty well". These references occur in a comic context and are not particularly crude or detailed. There is also a scene in which a rock star attempts to seduce a female journalist in his dressing room and some sequences set in a club in which scantily clad dancers perform. However, the scenes in the club are presented as choreographed and stylised dance numbers set to rock music hits and no nudity is shown. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' 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'. The film is more suggestive than explicit or crude.

The film also contains some mild bad language, such as uses of 'God', 'Jesus', 'hell', 'ass', 'crap', 'bloody', 'shit', 'balls', 'bastard', 'screwed', 'bumhole' and 'douche'. It also contains some brief mild violence. Scenes featuring alcohol consumption occur in the context of music clubs and the type of rock-and-roll excess that the film parodies.

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