British film ratings board backtracks on 'mild sex references' in 'Paddington'

November 19, 2014 3:54 PM

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British film ratings board backtracks on 'mild sex references' in 'Paddington'

The British Board of Film Classification has gone back on its declaration that Paddington has “mild sex references.” The BBFC now declares that Paddington, a children’s book adaptation about a marmalade-loving bear from Darkest Peru, has “innuendo” as opposed to “mild sex references.” According to the BBC, the change was made at the request of the movie’s distributor, which also wanted the BBFC to add “more clarity to the frequency of mild bad language.” Hence, “mild sex references” became “innuendo” and “mild bad language” became “infrequent mild bad language.” The BBFC has rated the film PG.

The fact that such an innocent-seeming story could have “mild sex references” raised some eyebrows earlier thsi week. Speaking to the Daily Mail before he had seen the film, Paddington author Michael Bond said he was “totally amazed.” Bond added: “I’d be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I...

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