NO STRINGS ATTACHED | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 107m 51s

Release date 25/02/2011

Ratings Info Contains strong language, sex and sex references

Genre(s) Romance, Comedy

Director(s) Ivan Reitman

Cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Cary Elwes, Lake Bell, Kevin Kline

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

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Ratings info publication date 15/02/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

NO STRINGS ATTACHED is a romantic comedy about the teenage Adam and Emma, who like each other but fail to get together at a party. They then go their separate ways for 15 years, before meeting up again by chance. They are still attracted to each other but are unwilling to commit, so decide to keep their relationship strictly physical. However, problems arise as Adam falls in love with Emma, but she consistently pushes him away. The film was classified '15' for strong language, sex and sex references.

Around 20 uses of strong language exceed the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12', which state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent', but are permissible at '15', where Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

There are strong sex references throughout the film, which is itself about casual sex. These include crude sexual usage of strong language, including terms such as 'f*** buddies', plus other crude remarks about oral sex and innuendo about threesomes. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable'. The crudity of the references means they are more appropriately placed at '15' where 'There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'.

As Adam and Emma repeatedly consummate their relationship, there is a cumulative focus on sexual activity that is inappropriate at '12A'. Much of the sexual activity is implied. However, a couple of stronger scenes exceed the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed', including the first time the couple have sex. Although there is no nudity and only heads and shoulders are seen, the scene is relatively sustained with a clear implication of sexual thrusting and orgasm, played off the characters' faces. This scene is more appropriately placed at '15' where the Guidelines state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail'.

The film also contains some soft drug use as Adam's father, Alvin, tells him to roll a joint which they then share. There are further references to other drugs, such as Adam's friend taking mushrooms with Alvin. However, none of the harder drug use is shown and Alvin is depicted as a weak, vain and foolish man, who warns Adam against using cocaine. These verbal and visual references are permissible at '15', where the Guidelines state 'Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'.

The film also contains some moderate language, with terms such as 'dick', 'slut', 'bitch, 'cock'.


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