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GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 29s

Release date 01/05/2009

Ratings Info Contains moderate sex references, language and a drug reference

Genre(s) Comedy, Romance

Director(s) Mark Waters

Cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 21/04/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST is romantic comedy about a womaniser who plans to remain a bachelor forever. However, when he attends his brother's wedding, he is visited by three ghosts who show the impact of his behaviour on his past, present and future. This forces him to confront his shortcomings and make amends. It was passed '12A' for moderate sex references, language and a drug reference.

The main character's obsession with sex and staying a bachelor gives rise to many references to sexual behaviour such as 'week-long orgies', 'you must be the wedding sex date for everyone else', references to 'shagging', 'did she have crabs?' and 'he invented the word 'MILF'. These are wholly unsuitable for younger audiences but are acceptable at '12A' where BBFC Guidelines state 'Sex references may reflect what is likely to be familiar to most adolescents but should not go beyond what is suitable for them'. Turning to the drug reference, this is said in relation to a memorable party at which there was 'a pile of blow the size of a toaster' which in context is mentioned by way of celebration and which is too strong to be contained at 'PG' where 'any references to illegal drugs or drug misuse must be innocuous or carry a suitable anti-drug message'. Finally there are two uses of 'bitch', one of which is directed in an aggressive tone and therefore best described as 'moderate', placing it at '12A'.

Details

Title
GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
Year
2009
Distributor(s)
Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
Classified date(s)
21/04/2009
Main language
English
Submitted run time
100m 29s
Approved footage
9043+3
BBFC reference
AFF256836
Registration number
CFJ19031

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