COUNTRY STRONG | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 112m 17s

Ratings Info Contains references to alcoholism and suicide

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Shana Feste

Cast includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Lari White

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 08/04/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

COUNTRY STRONG is a drama about a country music singer embarking on a comeback tour after treatment for her alcohol problem. The film was classified '12' for references to alcoholism and suicide.

The central character's alcohol addiction is spoken about throughout the film, which also contains a number of scenes in which she relapses into uncontrolled drinking as her fragile emotional and psychological state struggles to cope with various pressures. The drinking is never glamorised and is always portrayed as having negative consequences for the character and those around her. The subject matter is, however, handled with restraint and sensitivity, and met with the requirements of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' which state 'Mature themes are acceptable, but their treatment must be suitable for young teenagers'.

The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' also state 'Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied, or appear pain or harm free'. The portrayal of a suicide by overdose is handled in a restrained manner. There is no detail of the act itself, which is implied by the reactions of other characters in its aftermath. The consequences are shown to be tragic and this discreet depiction of suicide kept it within the '12' allowance.

The film also contains mild language with uses of 'Jesus Christ', 'God', 'damn'. 'pee', 'ass', 'asshole' and 'shit'; two mild and discreet sex scenes; and a moment of moderate violence when one man punches another in the face.

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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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