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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 115m 56s

Ratings Info Contains frequent drug use.

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Bernard Rose

Cast includes Rhys Ifans, Omid Djalili, Andrew Tiernan, Nathalie Cox, Kinsey Packard, Chloë Sevigny, David Thewlis, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Elsa Pataky, Ken Russell

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 18/10/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MR NICE is a British biographical drama about the life of convicted drug smuggler Howard Marks. The film was classified ‘18’ for frequent drug use.

In numerous scenes throughout the film both the central and peripheral characters are seen handling, smoking and enjoying various forms of cannabis as well as discussing the legal status of the drug and its pleasures. Some counterbalance to the depiction of characters enjoying their drug use is offered in the form of narrative strands which show the central character being hunted by the police for his drug related crimes, his wife disapproving of some aspects of his lifestyle and his eventual imprisonment with consequent illness and suffering. With some focus on the potential pleasures of drug use the film breached the BBFC's Guidelines at ’15’ which state that ‘drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'. Although the ’15’ Guidelines state that ‘no theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is suitable for 15 year olds’, the film required an adult understanding of the complex moral and social issues surrounding soft drug use.

The film also contains multiple uses of strong language, some strong verbal sex references and strong sex scenes, including the suggestion that a man is being fellated and sight of a semi-naked woman thrusting on a man’s lap. The film also includes infrequent scenes of injury and brief sight of the head of a man’s penis after he has drawn a face on it.


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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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