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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 91m 57s

Release date 01/08/2011

Ratings Info Contains strong bloody violence

Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Drama

Director(s) James Gunn

Cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Andre Royd, Sean Gunn

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/07/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SUPER is a comedy action adventure about a man whose wife leaves him for a drug dealer. He reacts to this by dressing up as a superhero and waging war on local criminals. It was classified '18' for strong bloody violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable'. When the hero dresses up as a superhero, he initially uses an adjustable wrench as his weapon of choice, although other weapons are also used. In one scene, the hero deliberately smashes a man in the face with the adjustable wrench after the man pushes in front of him in a cinema queue. Bloody injury is shown when the man's face splits open. In another scene, the man's female sidekick is shot and killed and there is close-up sight of her face after part of it has been bloodily blown away. There is a further scene in which the hero fights one of the criminals, sitting astride his chest and repeatedly smashing the man's head back against the ground until his skull splits open. The man then dies and blood flows from the wound. These scenes either dwell on the infliction of pain or injury or feature the strongest gory images and are therefore more appropriately classified at '18'.

SUPER also contains frequent strong language and one use of very strong language. The single use of very strong language is indirect and not aggressive, occurring when a man refers to a fictional male character. There is also some soft drug use and a scene showing a drug dealer injecting a woman in the foot with heroin. The woman does not appear to enjoy the experience, subsequently passes out, and the criminals jeer at her. Drug use is not presented in an attractive or glamorous way. There are also some strong sex scenes and sex references. A man watches another man, his buttocks exposed, as the man thrusts into a topless woman. The same man briefly watches an animated television show in which a multi-tentacled creature grabs a woman whose breasts are exposed. In another television show, an adolescent boy is shown wearing a leather fetish outfit, including nipple rings, whilst a girl of similar age wears provocative clothes with an exaggerated cleavage visible. They do not engage in sexual activity and the show is simply a spoof programme showing how the Devil has tried to tempt the pair. In another scene, the hero's female sidekick initiates sexual activity with the reluctant hero and mounts him as he lies on his back. She briefly rides him and he eventually responds, although he subsequently clearly regrets the activity. The scene is comic and there is no nudity as both characters remain clothed. There are some strong verbal sex references (for example, "she's sucking more dick than my brother ... I saw him one day with a cum-worm on his face" and "I'd do my grandmother because at least she has a working pussy"). The film also features some discriminatory language when a female character makes some disparaging comments about 'Mongoloids' and when a criminal refers to a black drug dealer as a 'fat nigger'.


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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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