British Board of Film Classification

Quick search of releases

Advanced search


THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 112

Release dates 26/12/2013

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence, mild language and sex references

Genre(s) Drama, Comedy

Director(s) Ben Stiller

Cast includes Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Adrian Martinez, Patton Oswalt, Kathryn Hahn, Jonathan C. Daly, Gary Wilmes

Summary In his secret life, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) dreams big...really, really big. There's no challenge beyond his grasp, be it climbing a massive glacier or rescuing a senior citizen from an exploding building. When he's not daydreaming, the not-so-secret life of Walter Mitty is the opposite of his heroic alter-ego's; he's just an everyday guy facing imminent career downsizing, who's too timid to ask out his pretty co-worker (Kristen Wiig). But when Walter faces his ultimate real-world test, he springs into action on a global adventure exceeding anything even he could have dreamed of.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 16/12/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY is a US comedy drama about an office employee who daydreams about being more adventurous. It is rated PG for infrequent moderate violence, mild language and sex references.

Moderate violence features in a scene in which two characters fight, with blows to the head and body and brief sight of blood on a man's face. However, the fantastical nature of the fight quickly becomes apparent. Other brief fight scenes include a struggle shown through an x-ray machine which includes a kick and a headbutt before a character is thrown to the ground and maced. The x-ray view limits the detail.

Mild sex references include sight of a man making a breast squeezing gesture and dialogue reference to "a bunch of horny Chileans that want to go to a strip club". In another scene, a man says "erection" when he means "eruption" before a volcano erupts.

Mild bad language includes 'shit', 'dick', 'ass', 'slut', 'Jesus' and 'hell'.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY also includes a scene in which a character is threatened by, and has to fight off, a shark, and one in which characters outrun volcanic ash in their car. There is also a light-hearted reference to the cream topping on a bun being "frosted heroin" and a reference to "smoking and teenage sex" in a conversation about a film character.

PG stands for Parental Guidance. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

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. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 12A rating but that their preferred PG rating could be achieved by making limited changes, including to remove sight of naked female pin-up pictures and to reduce violent threat in a fight scene. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal classification, these scenes had been addressed and the film was consequently rated PG.



Also known as
Cinema, DVD
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.,th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
Main language
BBFC reference

Share this!

Facebook logo Twitter logo