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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [Additional Material,Audio description]

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS <span>[Additional Material,Audio description]</span> artwork

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS [Additional Material,Audio description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 120m 43s

Release date 13/10/2014

Ratings Info terminal illness theme, strong language

Genre(s) Additional Production Material, Drama

Director(s) Josh Boone

Cast includes Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 03/10/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a drama, adapted from a young adult novel, about two teenage cancer patients who fall in love and support each other as they face their uncertain futures.


The film deals with various aspects of terminal illness and portrays the physical pain and debilitating nature of the characters’ conditions. It shows their courage and resourcefulness, as well as their vulnerability, as they confront mortality with a determination to enjoy life on their own terms. The film’s overall treatment of these themes is sensitive and the characters’ actions are presented as examples of how positive outcomes can be achieved from adversity.


There is one use of strong language (‘f**k’) and also milder bad language such as ‘freaking’, 'goddamn’, ‘bollock’, ‘hell’, ‘shit’, ‘asshole’, ‘douche pants’, 'son of a bitch', 'piss off', 'bastard', 'bitch' and 'whore'.

The film contains a discreet implication of sexual activity, mild sex references, a passing reference to soft drugs, and indications of a character’s alcoholism. There are also scenes in which a character is seen with a cigarette in his mouth which is never lit or smoked. The character explains that this is his way of challenging his illness and facing up to mortality.


Title Information
Additional Material,Audio description
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
120m 43s
BBFC reference
Audio Descriptive

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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