The British Film Classification Board (BBFC) announced that the film, which received the largest number of complaints in the UK in 2019, was Todd Phillips’ drama The Joker. The BBFC’s annual report noted that the film had received 20 complaints related to the fact that the film’s age rating in the country only began at 15, despite the large number of violent scenes. The list is followed by “The Favourite” (12 complaints), “John Wick 3” (9) and “Alita: Battle Angel ” (5).
The British Council defended the Joker’s age limit, stating that the story did not focus on “inflicting pain and injury to the extent that it requires an 18+ age limit”. For comparison, in the U.S., people who have reached the age of 17 were allowed to watch the film, while in Russia – 18 years.
At the same time, the Joker failed to overtake the current anti-rating champion, “The Dark Knight”, who received 364 complaints in 2008. At that time, the reason for the cinema audience’s discontent was similar: the age rating of ’12+’ did not correspond to the level of violence in the film.
Nevertheless, statistics show that viewers are beginning to get used to violent scenes in films, and in recent years there has been a downward trend in the number of complaints related to the propaganda of violence: last year their number was reduced by half compared to 2018.
Earlier it was reported that the movie “Joker” was included in the list of the most profitable films of 2019 according to Deadline, where it took fourth place.