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BRIDESMAIDS <span>(2011)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 125

Release dates 17/10/2011, 24/06/2011

Ratings Info Contains very strong language, strong sex references and crude humour

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Paul Feig

Cast includes Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Maya Rudolph, Tom Yi, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd, Ellie Kemper, Jill Clayburgh, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Ben Falcone, Andy Buckley, Michael Htchcock

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 14/06/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BRIDESMAIDS is a US comedy about two women competing to plan their friend's wedding. It was classified '15' for very strong language, strong sex references and crude humour.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. BRIDESMAIDS contains several uses of strong language and a single use of very strong language. The single use of very strong language occurs during a scene in which the main female character has an argument with a teenage girl in the jewellery store in which she works. At the end of the argument, she abuses the girl with a use of very strong language. Her use of offensive language is overheard and leads to the woman immediately losing her job. Although the use is aggressive, it is important to the narrative and is immediately condemned. The fact that the use is female to female, not accompanied by any violence or threat, and is not aggravated by any power imbalance, means that it is permissible at '15' in this context.

In terms of sex references, the Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'. However, BRIDESMAIDS opens with a scene featuring a man and a woman engaged in sexual activity in various positions, with accompanying strong sexual dialogue. Although there is no strong detail or nudity, the scene is neither brief nor the activity discreetly portrayed. It is therefore more appropriately classified at '15' where 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'. The film includes further strong sex references, including a woman talking about a "gentleman who started blow-jobbing to get crack", a reference to "that new whore .. I'm sure she greets him in the evening, beaver first", and two women remarking that, when boys grow up "there is semen all over everything ... I cracked a blanket in half". Crude humour also features when some women at a bridal dress shop suffer food poisoning and begin burping and breaking wind. A woman subsequently vomits over a toilet and another woman vomits over that woman's head, whilst a third woman apparently defecates into a sink. After this, the bride-to-be races out into the street in her wedding dress, squats down, and apparently defecates in the road. These scenes exceed the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines, in terms of their crudity, but are permissible at '15'.

BRIDESMAIDS also contains a verbal hard drug reference when a woman remarks "I can get cocaine from my hairdresser". However, this is not followed by any sight of hard drug use. It also features some moderate and mild language ('bitches', 'dick', 'shit', 'asshole', and 'goddamn').



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