BBFC report: Joker was the most complained movie in 2019
Blockbuster movie ‘Joker’ was the most complained movie of 2019, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
The BBFC issued an annual report that Joker featuring the actor Joaquin Phoenix received 20 complaints about the film’s age 15 classification.
The annual report reveals the film classification that prompted the most public complaints. The BBFC is accountable for making decisions regarding age ratings for film, TV, and online content.
Joker was the most complained movie because of “strong bloody violence and language”.
“Several stated that we should have classified the film 18 because of violence and the film’s tone,” the report reveals. “A small number felt that the film should be banned.”
The BBFC said about the rating, “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.”
The BBFC submits the report to the Secretary of State annually. The latest edition under the accountability section reported that it got 149 complaints covering 70 films which it said is “fewer than half the number of complaints received in 2018.”
In addition to this, the animated kids’ film The Queen’s Corgi received 5 complaints about sexual references and animal cruelty.
“While there is mild comic innuendo in the film, it occurs in a comic context and is acceptable at PG,” the BBFC explains. “While we operate strict policies around the inclusion of real animal cruelty in films, no animals were harmed in the making of the film.”
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