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Joker Tops British Board Of Film Classification Complaints For 2019

Rebecca Shepherd

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Joker Tops British Board Of Film Classification Complaints For 2019

Joker has topped the list for the most complained about movie in 2019 when it comes to the age classification.

The critically acclaimed film, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the leading role, received 20 complaints, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Some viewers took issue with the fact that the film was given a 15 age rating - saying that an 18 would have been more appropriate, while others thought it should be 'banned' altogether.

In the annual report, the BBFC stated: "In 2019 we received 149 complaints covering 70 films, fewer than half the number of complaints received in 2018. 20 people wrote to us regarding Joker, objecting to the 15 classification.

"Several stated that we should have classified the film 18 because of violence and the film's tone. A small number felt that the film should be banned.

"There are scenes of strong violence in the film that include stabbings and shootings, with accompanying bloody injury detail. They do not, however, dwell on the infliction of pain or injury in a manner that requires an 18."

Joaquin Phoenix played the Joker. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Joaquin Phoenix played the Joker. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The BBFC continued to outline some other films that had received criticism from the public.

The report went on to say that 12 people weren't happy about The Favourite, adding: "The complaints related to language, sex references and sex. The very strong language in The Favourite is often used in a comic context and never aggressively.

"The sexual activity and sex references are unremarkable at 15, although their appearance in the costume drama may have surprised a minority of viewers."

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Credit: Lionsgate
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Credit: Lionsgate

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum also came under fire, generating nine complaints, all focusing on violence. But the BBFC said: "Our research shows that violence that is perceived to be 'real' registers more strongly with viewers than violence that is clearly stylised or fantastical.

"While the violence in the film is strong and bloody, it is also highly choreographed and stylised action violence, of a type familiar from the previous two installments.

"It does not dwell on the infliction of pain and injury and we classified the film 15, in line with the first and second films in the series."

The board also received four complaints about Bumblebee for language and violence, five for Fighting with My Family and four for Holmes and Watson - in both instances the comments focused on language and sex references.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Joker

Rebecca Shepherd
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