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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 96m 13s

Ratings Info Contains one use of strong language, moderate violence and sex references

Genre(s) Action, Comedy

Director(s) Robert Luketic

Cast includes Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Catherine O'Hara, Tom Selleck, Alex Borstein

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 16/07/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

KILLERS is a comedy about a woman who meets a handsome stranger while on holiday, not knowing that he is a secret agent. The film was classified '12A' for one use of strong language, moderate violence and sex references.

At '12A'/'12', the BBFC's Guidelines state that 'Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent'. KILLERS features a single use of strong language, which is spoken without aggression towards the end of the film.

The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' 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'. During KILLERS there is some moderate violence, including a fight between two secret agents, one of whom attacks the other with a knife. The fight carries on with punches and kicks thrown between the combatants, as well as a headbutt. The scene is played out with a comedic angle, particularly when another character arrives and is startled by the devastation in the family home. Throughout the film there are similar scenes featuring both hand-to-hand and armed combat between highly trained secret agents. There is no particular emphasis on the injuries caused and sight of blood is restricted to occasional glimpses. In one scene, a character is shown to have been shot dead with some blood on the pillow behind him and on his clothing, while in another scene a little blood is seen on an assassin's mouth after she has been killed.

At '12A'/'12', the Guidelines state that 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'. KILLERS includes various moderate sex references, such as a character muttering "porn, porn, porn, porn" when she looks at a neighbour's computer. She and another character then look at the screen from different angles as if watching people in weird positions, saying "people are so inventive". There is a brief shot of the computer's monitor showing a woman seated with a lacy top and bare legs but no further detail. Elsewhere in the film there is a reference to "hiding tranny porn" and a character asking her husband "What am I, Pussy Galore?", to which he replies "Not as a far as I know!". This prompts a brief argument about them not having sex. Such dialogue does not contain any detailed references to sexual activity, whether visual or verbal, and the "Pussy Galore" reference is delivered with a knowing wink to the James Bond film GOLDFINGER. Throughout the film there are similar moments but they are not particularly crude and occur within a generally benign atmosphere.

KILLERS also features some mild language such as 'God', 'shit' and 'pissed'.


Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
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96m 13s
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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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