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Rating Guidelines

The Film Classification Section has the mandate to approve and classify all film/video product that is for sale, lease, rental or exchange in the Maritime Provinces.

The purpose of film classification is to verify that all film/video available meets acceptable community standards and to assist parents in making an informed and responsible film entertainment choice for their families. A rating is affixed to all approved film product in the Maritime Provinces indicating the classification. Some titles carry additional information captions. These captions are carried in theatre advertisements, and in the case of video, are found in the in-store Film Directory Catalogue supplied by the Film Classification Division.

Classifications

General (G)

General (G)Suitable for viewers of all ages.

Parental Guidance (PG)

Parental Guidance (PG) Parental guidance is advised. Theme or content may not be suitable for all children.

14 Accompaniment (14A) & Adult Accompaniment (AA)

14 Accompaniment (14A) 14 Accompaniment (AA)

Suitable for viewing by persons 14 years of age and older. Persons under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. May contain: violence, coarse language and/or sexually suggestive scenes.

18 Accompaniment (18A)

18 Accompaniment (18A)Suitable for viewing by persons 18 years of age and older. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Persons under 14 years of age are strictly prohibited from viewing the film. May contain: explicit violence, frequent coarse language, sexual activity and/or horror.

Restricted (R)

Restricted (R)Admittance restricted to persons 18 years of age and over. Content not suitable for minors. Contains frequent use of sexual activity, brutal/graphic violence, intense horror and/or other disturbing content.

Adult (A) & Explicit Material (XXX)

Adult (A) XXX

Film is not suitable for viewers under 18 years of age because the sole or primary premise for the film is the depiction of explicit sexual activity, graphic nudity, or graphic violence.

Classification Information

Information pieces may also be added to the classification of a film or 35mm advertisement and are intended to provide parents and moviegoers with additional information that may help them make informed viewing choices. Definitions of the information pieces are given below.

Not Recommended For Young Children:

The film may be inappropriate for young children. An example might be the death of a family pet, a complicated family breakdown, or images considered frightening or disturbing for the very young.

Not Recommended For Children:

The film may include scenes that reflect a more mature situation, such as drug use/abuse.

Frightening Scenes:

The film contains images that might shock or frighten a person. These scenes might be found in a thriller, suspense or war genre.

Mature Theme:

Contains images or storylines that may be disturbing or incomprehensible to minors. The film may contain portrayals of domestic violence, racism, religious matters, death or controversial social issues.

Language May Offend:

Contains language that may be offensive to some groups, (i.e. sacrilegious language such as Goddamn; also used for PG films that contain expletives.)

Coarse Language:

Product contains profanity, threats, slurs, sexual references or sexual innuendo.

Crude Content:

Material or humour that is unrefined or coarse and that may be seen as harsh, rude, or offensive.

Nudity:

Contains images of full frontal, partial or rear nudity. Context will be determined by the situation, clarity, detail, repetition, and whether the nudity is in a non-sexual or sexual situation.

Sexual Content:

Film may contain images and/or verbal references of sexual theme, sexual innuendo, fondling, implied sexual activity and simulated sexual activity.

Violence:

May contain restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence, portrayals of violence with some bloodletting and/or tissue damage and frequent more prolonged portrayals of violence resulting in bloodletting and tissue damage. The degree frequency and intensity of the acts of violence will be factors in the classification decision.

Disturbing Content:

Indicates the expected natural reaction by an audience to any elements of a film including the tone of a film pertaining to distress or suffering. This includes the implication or threat of physical and/or psychological violence, even when violence is not depicted.

Substance Abuse:

Descriptive scenes depicting; the use of illegal substances, the excessive use of tobacco or the use of alcohol resulting in impairment.

Gory Scenes:

Graphic images of bloodletting and/or tissue damage. Includes horror or war representations. Degree, frequency and intensity will also be a major factor in the classification decision.

Explicit Sexual Content:

Sexual acts, shown in full, clear, unequivocal and realistic detail, that may or may not be gratuitous to the film.

Brutal Violence:

Visually explicit portrayals of violence, which may be characterized by extreme brutality, extreme bloodletting and/or extreme tissue damage. May include images of torture, horror or war.

Sexual Violence:

The degradation of an individual in a sexual manner. May contain images of non-consensual acts with the intent to inflict harm, for example, simulated rape, and/or the use of threat to force compliance in sexual activity.