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THE GREEN HORNET <span>[3D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 118m 44s

Release date 14/01/2011

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.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 04/01/2011

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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Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
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118m 44s
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Note to parents
This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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