WILD TARGET | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 93m 54s

Ratings Info Contains comic violence, infrequently bloody, drug use and strong language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Jonathan Lynn

Cast includes Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman, Gregor Fisher

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

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Ratings info publication date 14/04/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WILD TARGET is a comedy-thriller about the consequences that befall a professional hitman when he cannot go through with the killing of his latest victim. The film was classified '12' for comic violence, infrequently bloody, drug use and strong language.

The violence occurs during various scenes in which people are shot by contract killers and in some exchanges of gunfire. There is also occasional threat with a knife and a cutthroat razor. Most of the shootings occur offscreen with no injury shown, but in one scene a character with no experience of handling a gun accidentally shoots off part of the ear of a man who has just tried to kill him. This results in a small blood spurt onto a wall. In another scene a man has an accident with the gun he is holding. The gun goes off and some blood is seen splattering onto the face of another character. The violence takes place within a clearly established comic context. These infrequent examples of the bloody consequences of violence do not go beyond what is permitted by the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A/12' which state that 'moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by context'.

The use of soft drugs features intermittently in the course of the film as part of a character's method of relaxing. However, there is no significant focus placed on the drug use and it is not made to look particularly glamorous. At '12A/12', the Guidelines state that 'any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail'. A single, non-aggressive use of strong language, which is said by a character to himself, is also permitted at '12' where the Guidelines state that 'the use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'.

The film also contains some moderate sex references.


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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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