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Type of media VoD

Approved Running time 82m 55s

Release date 05/12/2014

Ratings Info strong sex, strong language, drug use

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Matthew Hammett Knott

Cast includes James Norton, Will Tudor, Tessa Peake-Jones, Josie Lawrence, Carolyn Pickles, Eleanor Wyld, Orlando Seale

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 25/11/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BONOBO is a British comedy drama about a woman who goes in search of her only daughter, who has dropped out of law school to live in a sex commune.


Several strong sex scenes, including a woman riding a man, a man thrusting into another man, and two men masturbating - implied by arm movements only. Although there is some buttock and breast nudity during the sex scenes, there is no explicit detail. A large sketch on a wall shows a bonobo monkey with a very large erection. There are also several references to members of the commune having sex.


There are five uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as various uses of milder terms, including ‘bloody’ and 'bullshit'.


In a party scene, adults are seen taking a drug called 'Ebola' from the (real) plant of the same name, after which they are shown having a great time.

The film also contains frequent non sexual nudity.


Bonobo Films Limited
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC for use on Digital Video Platforms (incl. Video On Demand) that are licenced to carry BBFC ratings. It is not a classification under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on Packaged Media formats (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). Other versions of this work may have been rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act

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