STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE (1977)

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  • Run time: 120 minutes

  • Director(s): George Lucas

  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones (voice), Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Jack Purvis, Alex McCrindle, Eddie Byrne, Drewe Henley, Dennis Lawson, Garrick Hagon, Jack Klaff, William Hootkins

  • BBFCinsight: Contains mild sci-fi action

  • Synopsis: STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE is a science fiction film about a young man, Luke Skywalker, who sets off on an adventure to rescue the captured Princess Leia from evil forces.

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STAR WARS is a science fiction film, from 1977, about a young man, Luke Skywalker, who sets off on an adventure to rescue the captured Princess Leia from evil forces.

Violence

There is some mild violence, but all in a clear fantasy setting. Most of the violence is theatrical and bloodless, lacking in any strong detail. The strongest examples include the sight of a man using a light saber in a bar brawl and slicing off an alien's arm. We briefly see the arm on the floor. There is also the sight of some charred bodies after a family is attacked, and some scuffles and fights with fantasy weapons including ray guns and light sabers. The baddie Darth Vader also grabs subordinates and enemies by the neck, killing them.

The film also includes some explosions and space battle scenes, as spaceships are shot from the sky and hit during a battle sequence.

STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)

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  • Run time: 122 minutes

  • Director(s): Irvin Kershner

  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, James Earl Jones (voice), Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz (puppeteer/voice), Alec Guinness, Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley, Julian Glover, Michael Sheard

  • BBFCinsight: Contains mild violence and threat

  • Synopsis: STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a science fiction sequel in which Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a science fiction sequel, from 1980, in which Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Violence

The strongest moment of violence occurs off-screen, in a scene where one of the hero characters, Han Solo, is tortured by the baddie, Darth Vader. We hear Solo's screams, but do not see what is happening to him. We find out later that he has been carbon-frozen and see his motionless face. However, there is no sight of any injury. In another scene, another of the heroes, Luke Skywalker, has his hand amputated by Vader. This is achieved with a laser and is entirely bloodless. We do not see the resulting injury.

Threat

The film also contains characters in danger, with the heroes chased by spaceships, confronted by asteroids and engaging in laser-battles. This all occurs within a very clear fantasy context, with no realistic weaponry.

STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)

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  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 129 minutes

  • Director(s): Richard Marquand George Lucas

  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz (puppeteer/voice), James Earl Jones (voice), David Prowse, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker, Michael Pennington, Kenneth Colley, Michael Carter, Denis Lawson, Caroline Blakiston, Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch

  • BBFCinsight: Contains mild fantasy violence

  • Synopsis: STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI is a science fiction film in which the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI is a science fiction film, from 1983, in which the Rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to win his father back from the dark side of the Force.

Violence

There are large-scale battle sequences and dog-fights in space, but there is no blood or injury detail. There are some scary monsters in the film, but they are all fantastical in nature. There is a confrontation between a main character and a sharp-toothed creature, but the man seems only mildly concerned.

Threat

A main character is tortured by the baddies. However, there is no detail to the violence and the hero emerges unscathed. This is an example of heroism in the face of adversity, and although it produces some anxious moments, the anxiety is safely resolved in an appropriate manner.

BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE (2015)

BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE (2015)
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  • Run time: 87 minutes

  • Director(s): Noel Cleary Deane Taylor Alexs Stadermann Alex Weight

  • Cast: Rufus Sewell (voice), Toni Collette (voice), David Wenham (voice), Ryan Kwanten (voice), Richard Roxburgh (voice), Robin Mcleavy (voice), Barry Humphries (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: very mild bad language, mild rude humour, threat

  • Synopsis: BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE is a children's animated feature about a young koala who goes on an expedition into the wild to find his missing father.

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BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE is an animated feature for children about a young koala who goes on an expedition into the wild to find his missing father.

Language

There are uses of very mild bad language.

Theme

There is some mild innuendo when a character asks a lizard if he has "a reptile dysfunction".

There are some fart jokes.

Threat

Some scenes show characters being chased by an evil cat. Characters also run past snapping crocodiles in a swamp.

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FINDING DORY (2016)

FINDING DORY (2016)
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  • Run time: 98 minutes

  • Director(s): Angus MacLane Andrew Stanton

  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres (voice), Albert Brooks (voice), Idris Elba (voice), Kate McKinnon (voice), Bill Hader (voice), Dominic West (voice), Diane Keaton (voice), Kaitlin Olson (voice), Ed O'Neill (voice), Ty Burrell (voice), Eugene Levy (voice), Andrew Stanton (voice), Hayden Rolence (voice), Bennett Dammann (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: infrequent mild threat

  • Note to parents: Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience.

  • Synopsis: FINDING DORY is an animated adventure sequel about a fish with short term memory loss who sets out to find her parents.

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FINDING DORY is an animated adventure sequel about a fish with short term memory loss who sets out to find her parents.

Threat

There are infrequent scenes of mild threat, including a sequence in which the main characters are chased by a giant squid. In one scene, a baby fish strays into a strong water current and is swept away, causing some brief distress.

There are brief scenes of emotional distress in which a character believes she has lost her parents and may never see them again, although the story ultimately has a positive outcome.

There is infrequent use of some very mild terms.

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THE BFG (2016)

THE BFG (2016)
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  • Run time: 117 minutes

  • Director(s): Steven Spielberg

  • Cast: Mark Rylance (voice), Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon

  • BBFCinsight: mild threat

  • Note to parents: Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience.

  • Synopsis: THE BFG is a fantasy adventure in which a young orphaned girl is carried away to a magical land by a big friendly giant.

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THE BFG is a fantasy adventure in which a young orphaned girl is carried away to a magical land by a big friendly giant.

Threat

There are occasional scenes of mild threat in which a young girl hides from giants who are intent on eating her. This includes a brief sequence in which the girl has a nightmare in which she is dropped into a giant's mouth, but she then wakes up unharmed.

There are infrequent scenes of very mild violence, including some large giants bullying a smaller giant, and throwing him around, and a scene in which the latter touches a red-hot poker onto the bottom of one of his tormentors.

Infrequent scenes of toilet humour feature characters farting after drinking a fantastical liquid.

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)
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  • Run time: 128 minutes

  • Director(s): Paul Feig

  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Perkins

  • BBFCinsight: moderate threat, infrequent crude references, infrequent strong language

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  • Synopsis: GHOSTBUSTERS is a comedy in which a group forms in order to catch ghosts in New York City.

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GHOSTBUSTERS is a comedy in which a group forms in order to catch ghosts in New York City.

Threat

Scenes show characters being chased by ghosts. These feature jump moments and loud screams, as well as different types of ghosts such as monsters with skeleton faces and red eyes.

Sex

There are jokes about a 'stripper pole' and a 'strip-o-gram'.

There are some crude references. There is use of the middle finger gesture. There is mild bad language. More information about the classification issues in this film is available for grown-ups on the main BBFC website and the free BBFC app.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016)

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016)
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  • Run time: 117 minutes

  • Director(s): Roland Emmerich

  • Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner

  • BBFCinsight: moderate threat, action violence, moderate bad language

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  • Synopsis: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE is a sci-fi action sequel in which, twenty year after the first invasion, aliens attack Earth once again.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE is a sci-fi action sequel in which, twenty years after the first invasion, aliens attack Earth once again.

Threat

Large-scale alien attacks result in a variety of disasters, including cities being destroyed, with implied but undetailed loss of lives. There are also more personalised moments of threat as aliens wrap tentacles around people's necks, resulting in injury or death; some of these moments are a little scary, but they are not frequent or sustained.

Violence

There are scenes of moderate action violence, including aerial dogfights between human and alien craft, which result in large scale explosions, as well as the use of fantastical weapons which shoot lasers.

Language

There is a use of moderate bad language and other milder terms.

There is a mild sex reference too. More information is available for grown-ups on the free BBFC app and the main BBFC website.

LONG WAY NORTH (2015)

LONG WAY NORTH (2015)
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  • Run time: 80 minutes

  • Director(s): Rémi Chayé

  • Cast: Christa Théret (voice), Féodor Atkine (voice), Antony Hickling (voice), Thomas Sagols (voice), Rémi Caillebot (voice), Audrey Sablé (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: mild violence, threat

  • Synopsis: LONG WAY NORTH is an animated feature set in the 19th Century, about a young Russian aristocrat who joins an expedition to the North Pole in search of her explorer grandfather.

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LONG WAY NORTH is an animated feature, set in the 19th Century, about a young Russian aristocrat who joins an expedition to the North Pole in search of her explorer grandfather.

Violence

Punches are thrown, without visible injury detail.

Threat

Mild threat in several scenes, including the crew being menaced by an angry polar bear, and the crew being afraid of and thrown around by a storm at sea.

There are some sad scenes, including the heroine finding her grandfather's frozen body on a floating sheet of ice. It is not at all scary and looks like an ice sculpture; she is happy to be able to embrace him and find a diary he has left for her. There is also some very mild bad language.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016)

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016)
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  • Run time: 88 minutes

  • Director(s): Yarrow Cheney Chris Renaud

  • Cast: Louis C.K. (voice), Eric Stonestreet (voice), Kevin Hart (voice), Jenny Slate (voice), Ellie Kemper (voice), Albert Brooks (voice), Lake Bell (voice), Dana Carvey (voice)

  • BBFCinsight: mild action, rude humour

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  • Synopsis: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is an animated comedy about two pet dogs who embark on an adventure through New York when they find out that an angry bunny is scheming against humans.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is an animated comedy about two pet dogs who embark on an adventure through New York when they find out that an angry bunny is scheming against humans.

Threat

Mild action sequences show characters running away from various baddies, such as dog catchers and cats.

A fluffy bunny beats up a person. There are a couple of comic fight scenes between animals. There is mild threat from snakes.

There is a scene in which characters are trapped in a van which is sinking into the water, but they are quickly saved.

Theme

Rude humour includes sight of a minion's bottom when his dungarees come off, and a few jokes about poo.

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