The most complained about films of the last decade
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The job of the BBFC, who celebrate their centenary this year, is give each film a rating, from a ‘U’ to an ‘18’. When a complaint comes in, quite often it’s because punters reckon the rating is wrong.
You’d expect ultra-violent action flicks, or super-gory horrors to cause the most consternation, but this is not always the case. We had a look through the BBFC’s last ten annual reports (that was a fun afternoon) to find some of the most complained about films of the decade.
The film: 'The Lovely Bones' (2010)
Number of complaints: 24
Why? Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the novel about a murdered girl was a “shocking and upsetting experience” for many, according to the BBFC. Complainers thought the ‘12A’ rating was too low, and the BBFC admitted it was almost a ‘15’. The most complained about film of 2010.
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The film:'Shrek 2' (2004)
Number of complaints: 32
Why? Apparently every complaint was about the use of the word ‘bloody’ in a ‘U’ rated film. Who says swearing has become acceptable?
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The film: 'Jo Bole So Nihaal' (2005)
Number of complaints: 41
Why? The title of this Indian film means "Whoever utters shall be fulfilled” – a traditional Sikh greeting. Some sectors of the Sikh community found this offensive and when the film was shown in India, there were bomb attacks on a cinema in New Delhi. The BBFC reckoned no offence was intended by the title.
The film: '9 Songs' (2004)
Number of complaints: 48
Why? Arthouse drama or porn? Opinions were divided on Michael Winterbottom’s ultra-graphic 2004 film. It was passed uncut at ‘18’ and the BBFC got plenty of complaints, though they reckon this was “clearly [part of] a coordinated campaign, with people reacting to what they had read, rather than what they had seen.” They decided the film's content was a “very marked difference from porn works”.
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