|Categories and Advisories|
The Motion Picture Act Regulations define 6 unique classification categories used for film classification in British Columbia.
Consumer Protection BC uses 3 designations for trailers.
Advisories provide the public with information regarding film content. The information provided in advisories, lists the key reasons why a film is classified into a particular category. The following is a list of advisories that have been recently applied to films.
Bullying. Anti-social behaviour (particularly in a school environment) in which a character intimidates, torments or physically harms another character.
Coarse Language. Dialogue using profanity (i.e. "four letter" words), blasphemy, disparaging racial or sexual orientation. May include sexual language.
Crude Content. Ingestion, evacuation of, or contact with bodily fluids. (e.g. vomit, urine, feces).
Domestic Violence. Violence involving characters in the same family (e.g. spousal or child abuse).
Drug Use. The injection, consumption or inhalation of illegal drugs.
Explicit Sexual Scenes. Scenes that depict a sexual act, the occurrence of which is actually visible by the viewer. For example, the viewer will be able to clearly see a genital-to-genital connection. Limited to Restricted and Adult films.
Explicit Violence. Violence that is expressly conveyed and depicted in detail. It may be characterized by extreme brutality, torture, tissue damage, dismemberment and/or decapitation.
Horror. Predominant theme of terror, cruelty or misery.
May Frighten Young Children. Scenes that may be shocking or alarming to a viewer under the approximate age of eight.
Frightening Scenes. Scenes that are startling, suspenseful, threatening and/or intense. May involve supernatural beings.
Nudity. The appearance of any of the following:
Sexual Content. Dialogue, props, costumes, situations or other depictions that are overtly sexual.
Sexual Language. Dialogue that does not necessarily include coarse language, but describes or refers to sexual activity.
Sexually Suggestive Scenes. Characters are acting as if they are engaging in sex. The scene suggests that a sexual act may be occurring. Genital connections, and other explicit depictions, are not visible.
Sexual Violence. Physically coercive sexual assault.
Violence. Behavioural acts resulting in harm and/or having the potential for harm. This may include natural disasters, accidents, fighting, weapons, torture, suicide and violent sports.