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EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE <span>(2011)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 126

Release dates 17/02/2012

Ratings Info Contains infrequent use of discriminatory terms

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Stephen Daldry

Cast includes Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Hern, John Goodman, Max Von Sydow

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 07/02/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE is a drama about a young boy who must try to solve a mystery left for him by a loved one who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The DVD version was classified '12' for infrequent use of discriminatory terms.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Discriminatory language or behaviour must not be endorsed by the work as a whole. Aggressive discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly condemned'. There are a couple of uses of discriminatory terms - a single use each of 'spaz' and 'retard'. The first is used by a bullying child as he pushes another boy, while the second is directed by a child to an adult after the latter has sarcastically called him a genius. The fairly aggressive use of 'spaz' is clearly condemned because the audience's sympathy lies with the victimised boy rather than with the bully, while the single use of 'retard' is said as a joke as part of a spiky relationship between two characters, with no genuine offence apparently caused or intended. The principal character, a nine-year old boy, uses the term 'fukozowa' on three occasions. This term can easily be mistaken for strong language.

The film contains some brief references to self-harm, with an upset boy shown pinching one of his nipples hard, with additional sight of other bruises on his body. Later in the film the boy shows an adult relative the bruises on his torso, and the adult decides to keep a closer eye on him from that point on. The theme is handled with care and it's clear that the young character is desperately depressed about the death of his relative. As the film progresses, the tone becomes one of redemption rather than depression, with the implication being that such behaviour will stop once the character in question has accepted the loss. Given this sensitive treatment the subject matter was permissible at '12'.

There are some scenes of emotional distress as the attacks on the World Trade Center are discussed, along with a re-enactment of the day itself, with sight of the twin towers on fire and brief images of people falling from the buildings.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.



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Warner Home Video Ltd,Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd
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