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FREAK SHOW

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 90m 48s

Ratings Info moderate violence, discrimination theme, sex references, strong language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Trudie Styler

Cast includes AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Willa Fitzgerald, Laverne Cox

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 14/12/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FREAK SHOW is a US comedy drama in which an eccentric teenager struggles to find acceptance at his conservative high school.

Violence

A teenage boy is attacked by a gang of bullies, leaving him unconscious with streaks of blood on his face. In a later scene, two teens get into a brief fistfight.

Theme

The main character is verbally and physically abused by his classmates, who use homophobic slurs (e.g. 'faggot', 'queer', 'homo', 'fudge-packer') and hurl projectiles at him in the school hallway. However, the film carries a resolutely anti-discrimination message.

Sex

There is a scene in which it is implied a teenage boy has an erection in gym class, which causes him embarrassment. There are also references to anal sex.

Language

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), alongside milder terms like 'prick', 'bitch', 'dick', 'asshole', 'crap' and 'pissed'.

There is also an isolated reference to self-harm when a girl is described as 'a cutter for Christ'. An older character is depicted as being an alcoholic, and there is a reference to abortion.

Details

Title
FREAK SHOW
Year
2019
Distributor(s)
Network
Classified date(s)
02/01/2019
Main language
English
Submitted run time
90m 48s
BBFC reference
AVF362903
Remarks
16:9

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

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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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