JERSEY BOYS | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 128m 41s

Ratings Info strong language

Genre(s) Drama, Musical

Director(s) Clint Eastwood

Cast includes John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken

Cut This work was passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 18/09/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JERSEY BOYS is a US musical biopic which follows the lives and careers of pop quartet, The Four Seasons, as they leave the streets of New Jersey and begin the climb to the peak of pop stardom.


Multiple uses of strong language ('f**k' and 'motherf***er'). Moderate and mild language includes use of 'shit', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch', 'prick', 'asshole', ‘damn’, ‘screw', ‘dumbass’, ‘hell’, ‘numbnuts, ‘bullshit’, ‘Chrissakes’, ‘goddamn’, ‘Jesus’, ‘ass’, ‘pissing’, ‘crapping out’, ‘moron’ and ‘balls’.

Other issues include moderate sex references, including implied reference to a threesome and a man being left in a bedroom with a woman. The couple are only seen to kiss on screen but they are later given a round of applause and the man jokes 'you're right, it was more fun with another person'.

There are drugs references as a man is seen smoking what appears to be marijuana and we learn that a character has died from an overdose of pills. There is a clear aversive, anti-drugs message.

There are infrequent scenes of violence which are mostly mild in tone as a chair is broken in anger and men push and shove at each other during arguments. In one scene, a man appears to be shot in the head, with the impact hidden from view and a small amount of blood visible on his temple. However, this is immediately shown to have been faked in order to extort money.

There is occasional use of discriminatory language, none of which are endorsed. There are references to 'monkey songs' and 'coloured bands' as well as comments that a man is a 'fruit', depicting the unacceptable prejudices of the era.


Warner Home Video Ltd
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128m 41s
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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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