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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 82m 19s

Release date 08/04/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong comic violence, gore and language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Horror

Director(s) Quentin Dupieux

Cast includes Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida, David Bowe, Daniel Quinn, Blake Robbins, James Parks, Ethan Cohn, Devin Brochu, Hayley Holmes, Cecilia Antoinette, Remi Thorne, Courtenay K. Taylor, Michael Ross

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 29/03/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

RUBBER is a film about a rubber car tyre with telepathic powers, which possesses the ability to make people's heads and bodies explode. It was classified '15' for strong comic violence, gore and language.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'. The film contains some scenes where people's heads or bodies explode in a shower of blood, and there are also some scenes featuring sight of headless corpses lying in pools of blood. Although the context is often fantastical, comic and surreal, the sight of exploding bodies often contains an emphasis on injury detail and blood that is better placed at '15' where the Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'. The images in question are brief and lack any complicating element of sadism that might require an '18'.

The film also contains a number of uses of strong language. This exceeds the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent' but is permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

RUBBER also contains infrequent strong sex references. For example, a woman refers to a younger woman, saying "She has quite a rack on her. Do you think he's going to get laid? I think she'll start with a good blow job". The crudity of these references exceeds the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers'. The film also contains some moderate sexualised nudity when a young woman's exposed breasts and buttocks are revealed whilst she showers. This exceeds the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where 'Nudity is allowed but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet'.

The film also contains some other mild language (for example, 'crap', 'dickhead', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch', and 'asshole').


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