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
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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 characters 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 films 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 films narrative, fits within BBFC Guidelines for '15': Sexual activity may be portrayed but without strong detail.
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