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CONCUSSION <span>(2015)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 120

Release dates 12/02/2016

Ratings Info infrequent strong language, medical procedures, suicide references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Peter Landesman

Cast includes Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper

Summary CONCUSSION is a US drama focussing on the work of a pathologist who strives to highlight the impact of brain injuries among American football players.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 02/02/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CONCUSSION is a US drama focussing on the work of a pathologist who strives to highlight the impact of brain injuries among American football players.


There are two uses of strong language ('f**k'). Other bad language includes 'crap', 'hell', 'ass', 'assholes', 'shit', 'goddamn', 'screw' and 'bullshit'.

Disturbing images

There is occasional sight of dead bodies as they are laid out in a morgue and prepared for autopsy. There is sight of a scalpel being pressed into skin to make a first incision, but there is no sight of blood, open wounds or injuries. The remainder of the autopsy process is kept below the edge of the frame and there are only glimpses of small drops of blood on instruments or skin. There is brief sight of a small section of a brain being sliced and prepared for medical research but the process is blood-free.


There are several references to men taking their own lives via various means. One man is seen to lie down on a bed and take a gun from the bedside cabinet, but the scene ends at this point. Another man is shown to have a violent argument with his wife before driving the wrong way down a highway and eventually crashing. A further man deliberately applies a taser to his own leg; while this results in his death, it is not made clear whether it was intentional or not.

Other issues include a brief implication that a man abuses solvents as a way to calm down his disordered thoughts. He is shown inhaling an unspecified substance before a later scene relates how he has abused glue alongside prescription medication. The use is not shown to give the man any pleasure and is presented in a highly aversive manner.

There is a verbal reference to self-harm as a doctor comments that a deceased man removed his own teeth and glued them back in as one of symptoms of his mental disorder.

There are some scenes of emotional distress as family members discuss losing their loved ones. A couple are shown to be in great distress when they are told their baby has died during the pregnancy.



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