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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 109m 19s

Release date 16/01/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody wrestling violence, strong language, sex and drug use

Director(s) Darren Aronofsky

Cast includes Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/01/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE WRESTLER is a film about an ageing professional wrestler making a living playing small venues in the USA. It has been classified '15' for strong language, strong bloody wrestling violence, strong drug use and strong sex.

The wrestling violence portrayed is often very bloody, with competitors using items such as staple guns and in one case a razor blade. It is made clear to the viewer that the fights are staged and some of the strongest violence is intercut with shots of the medical after-care.

At '15' BBFC Guidelines state that ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain and injury’. It also states that ‘The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable’. Although bloody violence is shown, the film does not dwell on the infliction of pain. The fighting is shown in context as part of the central character’s story.

The film includes frequent use of strong language. BBFC Guidelines for '15' state that ‘There may be frequent use of strong language’.

In one scene a character is seen snorting a line of white powder, presumably cocaine. BBFC Guidelines for '15' state that ‘Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse’. The drug use is not glamorised or appealing. The sequence is important to the film’s narrative.

A sex scene takes place in the toilet area of a bar. Sexual detail is not shown and the scene, which is also important to the film’s narrative, fits within BBFC Guidelines for '15': ‘Sexual activity may be portrayed but without strong detail’.


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