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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 103m 0s

Release date 19/09/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong language, drug use, sex references & references to illness

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Ol Parker

Cast includes Dakota Fanning, Paddy Considine, Kaya Scodelario, Jeremy Irvine, Patrick Baladi, Olivia Williams, Julian Wadham, Edgar Canham, Julia Ford, Joe Cole

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 09/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

NOW IS GOOD is a drama about a teenager coming to terms with her terminal illness and completing a list of achievements before she dies.


There is infrequent use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms including 'wanker', 'twat', 'piss off', 'shit', 'crap', 'knob' and 'bloody'.


Two girls take magic mushrooms and they are then seen to move around in a dream-like state as they contemplate the altered sense of the world that the drugs have given them. The central character's responsible boyfriend takes the pair to an empty woodland so that they can recover from the experience without doing themselves any harm.


There are moderate visual and verbal sex references, including a mother's warning that when using condoms "the smell of rubber can be off putting" and sight of teenage couples lying under sheets together, implying they have had sex.


There are also frequent scenes in which the central character's terminal illness is discussed or portrayed. The steps that she will go through before dying are also discussed, without any graphic detail, and we see the distress of her family as they try to come to terms with her condition.

There are scenes showing teenagers breaking the law by stealing credit cards or shoplifting, all of which result in swift punishment.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

The BBFC was given a draft script before the film was produced and advised the company that a film of the script would be likely to receive a '15' classification. In order to achieve the company's preferred '12A' classification, the BBFC advised that some visual and verbal sex references should be removed, that sight of potentially harmful behaviour should be removed, that use of strong language should be reduced, and that a scene in which drugs are prepared and taken should be substantially reduced. When the film was submitted for classification, the changes recommended at the script stage had been made and the film was classified '12A'.


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