New Paddington Bear Movie Contains ‘Mild Sexual References’
Urbane. Endearing. Adorable. Paddington Bear is a national treasure, however, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has deemed the cuddly-bear’s new film as ‘unsuitable for children.’
Michael Bonds, the films creator, has voiced his irritation at the film being rated ‘PG.’ According to the BBFC classification guide, this means that “parents should consider whether … content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children”.
The ratings board revealed that they flagged the film as having “mild sexual content” after reviewing a scene in which “a man disguised as a woman is flirted with by another man.”
How can a movie about marmalade-loving, winsome, stuffed-toy possibly warrant a PG rating?
To put it into perspective, here are five films that have the same certificate:
1) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (PG-13)
Will Ferrell’s cult classic quickly became renowned as one of the ‘most quotable films’ in recent times… mainly due to it being riddled with sexual innuendos and smutty humour.
2) AVP: Alien vs. Predator (PG-13)
Dismembered human skeletons, blood splattered on walls, fossilized remains of the alien creatures that appear to have violently burst out of their chests. AVP is far from your idea of ‘fun for the whole family.’
3) Gremlins (PG)
Did anyone else ever get scared sh*tless and have to hide behind the sofa when watching these malevolently mischievous monsters? Hordes of these green freaks haunted my sleep for months. PG? Yeah right.
4) Airplane! (PG)
‘Airplane!’ got away with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour. It was cleverly filled with lewd jokes that weren’t explicit enough for kids to understand, but were still crude enough for adults to enjoy. However, there is one brief moment that really pushes the boundaries of the films PG rating. Boobs.
5) JAWS! (PG)
Blood? Check. Severed limbs? Check. A foul-mouthed Roy Schneider? Check. Jaws features more explicit content than most ‘15’ rated movies out today. It’s a wonder how this film ever managed to receive such a laxed rating.
‘Paddington’ hosts a star-studded cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters. It releases next Friday (28th November).
Prepare yourselves for smut.