Motion Picture Advisory Ratings for British Columbia
The Motion Picture Act Regulations define 6 unique classification categories used for film classification in British Columbia.
Advisories are short information pieces designed to provide the public with information regarding film content. The following is a list of advisories that have been recently applied to films.
Bullying. Anti-social behaviour (particularly in a school environment) in which a character intimidates, torments or physically harms another person.
Coarse Language. Dialogue using profanity (i.e. “four letter” words), blasphemy, disparaging racial or sexual orientation remarks. May include sexual language. The context and frequency of the dialogue is considered.
Crude Content. Content or humour that is primitive, gross or vulgar. For example, scenarios involving bodily fluids.
Domestic Violence. Violence that is depicted within a home involving characters in the same family (e.g. spousal or child abuse).
Drug Use. The injection, consumption or inhalation of illegal narcotics.
Explicit Sexual Scenes. Scenes that depict a sexual act, the occurrence of which is actually visible by the viewer. For example, the viewer will be able to clearly see a genital-to-genital connection. Limited to Restricted and Adult rated films.
Explicit Violence. Violence that is expressly conveyed, leaving nothing merely implied, and depicted in detail. It may be characterized by extreme brutality, torture, and extreme bloodletting, tissue damage, dismemberment and/or decapitation.
Horror. Gory and grotesque depictions of frequent murders and tortures; intense or suspenseful psychological theme; prolonged and graphic focus on bloodletting/tissue damage/mutilated bodies. Relevant to 18A films.
May Frighten Young Children. Scenes that may be shocking or alarming to a person under the approximate age of eight.
Nudity. The appearance of any of the following:
- post-pubescent human genitals;
- post-pubescent human buttocks; or
- post-pubescent human female nipple(s).
Sexual Content. Dialogue, props, costumes, situations or other depictions that are overtly sexual.
Sexual Language. Dialogue that does not necessarily include coarse language, but describes or refers to sexual activity.
Sexually Suggestive Scenes. Scenes in a motion picture that depict:
sexual activity other than explicit sexual scenes (i.e. genital connections will not be visible to the viewer); or
a sexual act that is not actually visible to the viewer, but the scene and the context in which it appears are intended to suggest that a sexual act is or may be occurring. For example, two bodies moving under blankets while the bed is rocking.
Sexual Violence. Physically coercive sexual activity.
Violence. Behavioural acts with evidence/indication of harm or potential for harm. This may include armed combat, natural disasters, accidents, hand-to-hand combat, use of weapons, torture and violent sports.
The following is a list of other advisories that have been recently applied to films.
- Scenes of genocide;
- Sexually suggestive scenes involving minors;
- Theme of child abuse; and
- Theme of suicide.
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