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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 114m 22s

Release date 26/12/2013

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent moderate violence, mild language and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

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 Walter Mitty, who works for LIFE magazine, sets out on an adventure to find a photographer and locate the picture that featured on the last ever issue.

Cut This work was 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.

Violence

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.

Language

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

Sex

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.

There is 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.

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.

Details

Title
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
18/11/2013
Main language
English
Submitted run time
114m 22s
Approved footage
10293+0
BBFC reference
CFF303018
Registration number
CFJ30743

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