It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child but a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. Not all U films are aimed at children, but may be rated U because they contain no material likely to offend or harm.
Legally a child of any age may view a U film.
‘PG’ Parental Guidance
PG films are suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.
Legally a child of any age may view a PG film.
To see a 12A film, any under-12s must be accompanied by an adult. Films rated 12A are not recommended for children under 12. Please read the BBFC Insight to see if the film is suitable for your child. This will tell you about key aspects of the film like violence, language, sex and horror.
Children aged 12 and over may see a 12A film unaccompanied.
No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema. A cinema may lose its licence if it admits children under 15 to a 15 rated film.
No theme in a 15 rated film is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15-year-olds and any dangerous or illegal behaviour is not endorsed or promoted by the film.
Films rated 18 are for adults. No-one under 18 is allowed to see an 18 film at the cinema. A cinema may lose its licence if children under 18 are admitted to an 18 rated film.
No theme is prohibited at 18. Adults are free to choose their own entertainment within the law, so it is possible some themes tackled at 18 may be offensive even to some adult viewers.
We would encourage young adults to have a form of suitable photographic ID, as staff may ask for proof that you are old enough to watch an age restricted film if they have any doubt.