Fifty Shades Gets A UK-18, 20 Mins Of Sex

In surprising news, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has given the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” film a harsher rating than its United States counterpart – the MPAA.

The BBFC has awarded Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film adaptation of EL James’ bestselling novel an ’18’ rating (meaning only people 18 and older can see it) for: “Strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to such practices and the instruments used.”

They also passed it through uncut. In the U.S. the film received an R rating which allows people under 17 into the film as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The news comes as it has been revealed that the 125 minute film boasts sex scenes which account for twenty minutes of the film’s runtime. That makes it the most ‘sex-filled’ mainstream film of the past decade to score a theatrical run.

Yet the filmmaker and star have downplayed the eroticism of the work. Taylor-Johnson told the British press last week that people may be disappointed that it’s not graphically explicit and so concentrates on sensuality rather than porn.

The film also scored a Superbowl ad yesterday, one aimed more at men than any of the previous trailers have. Check it out below:

Sources: Screen & Yahoo