THE GREEN HORNET | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 118m 53s

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence, language and sex references

Genre(s) Action, Comedy

Director(s) Michael Gondry

Cast includes Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Jay Chou, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 04/03/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE GREEN HORNET is US action comedy based on the comic book stories about a rich young man who leads a double life as a newspaper publisher by day and a mysterious crime-fighter by night. He is assisted in his crime fighting by his valet, who is a martial arts expert and a technical wizard. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence, language and sex references.

The moderate violence occurs during several set-piece fights involving a variety of highly-skilled martial arts moves, which are presented in a highly stylised fashion. Although many of the fight scenes are sustained and place a certain emphasis on heavy impacts, for example through the use of slow motion, the violence plays like a live-action cartoon. The scenes move at a rapid pace that does not dwell on detail and the violence is balanced by the well-established comic elements of the film, as well as by the wisecracking banter between the heroes as they face down their opponents. The strongest moment involves the death of a criminal character who has two sticks jabbed in his face, but only an impression is given of the impact and there is little detail in the aftermath. The presentation of the violence meets with the requirements of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' which state that 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'.

The moderate language in the film includes uses of terms such as 'pussy', 'dickface' and 'bitch' which go beyond the mild language permitted at 'PG' but are allowed at '12A'.

Moderate sex references, such as a man referring to another as 'a pervert', a man talking to a woman and using his hands to form the shape of female breasts, and a comment about a sexually transmitted disease, occur as part of the film's comedy. Although they have a suggestive quality that accumulates over the course of the film, they would not be unfamiliar to young teenagers and lack the frequency or level of crudeness that would challenge the Guidelines at '12A'/'12' where 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'.

The film also contains some uses of milder language, including 'shit', 'ass', 'assholes', 'hell', 'crap', 'damn', 'balls', 'bastard', 'sonofabitch' and 'screwed', as well as drug references that explain the business of the criminal characters in the story.

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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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