British Ratings Board Defends Making Ultra-Violent ‘Suicide Squad’ Suitable for Ages 15 and Up

British Ratings Board Defends Making Ultra-Violent ‘Suicide Squad’ Suitable for Ages 15 and Up
James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” is rated R in the U.S. due to “strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use, and brief graphic nudity.” Any viewer under 17 years old will need to be accompanied by an an adult in the U.S. if they want to see the latest DC Comics tentpole on the big screen, but that’s not the case in the United Kingdom. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave Gunn’s film a 15 age rating, meaning 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds don’t need parental supervision. Given how violent and gory “The Suicide Squad” is, the BBFC’s decision has shocked U.K. moviegoers.

The Suicide Squad” opened July 30 in the United Kingdom and was given a 15 age rating due to “strong bloody violence, gore, language and brief drug misuse.” As reported by The Independent, the lower rating has ignited controversy for the BBFC.
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