THE LUCKY ONE | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 96m 41s

Ratings Info Contains moderate sex and violence

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Scott Hicks

Cast includes Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/06/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE LUCKY ONE is a drama about a US Marine in Iraq who finds and carries with him a photo of an unknown woman, a lucky charm that he believes has protected him. He finds the woman in Louisiana, widowed with a young son, and their relationship develops. The film was classified '12' for moderate sex and violence.

There are two moderate sex scenes involving the two main characters. In the first, both are clothed but sex is suggested as the woman has her legs wrapped around the man's waist and we briefly see the top of his bare buttocks where his jeans are loosened at the waist. Soon afterwards, they undress in another room and we see the woman's hand briefly slip down the man's trousers. The woman's top and bra are removed with her back to camera so no breast nudity is shown. The second scene shows more gentle thrusting in bed, but this is filmed in soft focus and without detail, emphasising the romantic tone of the scene. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'.

The film opens with a scene of moderate violence in which Marines in Iraq storm a building at night and then come under enemy fire. The scene features undetailed shootings and brief sight of a small bloodstain on the wall behind a man who falls to the ground. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state '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'. There is also some brief threat as the villain of the film points a gun at the main character, but he is soon disarmed.

The film also contains some mild bad language ('bitch', 'ass', 'bullshit', 'shit', 'screw up').

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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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