If you are taking your kids to a movie, do you usually check to see how the movie is rated and if there are any advisories? I sometimes take my niece or teen cousin to the movies and until I started working at Consumer Protection BC, I didn’t really understand what each rating meant. In this blog, I’ll show you how you can make an informed decision about a movie so that your whole party will enjoy the experience.

Before we get started, let me explain that while I use the word “rating”, the official term is “classification” and I will use these terms interchangeably.

Step 1.

First of all, before you decide which movie to see, visit our ratings and advisories page on our motion picture website and understand what the ratings mean. In BC, all motion pictures are reviewed and classified by Consumer Protection BC, following the Motion Picture Act. Under the act, there are six unique classification categories used for film classification in BC. (Note that each province classifies their own movies and that the classification categories are different in Canada than in the United States.)

Step 2.

Use the classification search function on our website. You can simply type in the title of the movie and you’ll find out what the rating is in BC. The great part of this search function is that it will also give you the advisory attached to the movie.

For example, our search function can tell you that, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” was classified PG and includes:

  • Several scenes of violence depicting fighting, burning and explosion
  • Several frightening scenes.

This can be very helpful information, especially if you are going to watch the movie with little kids.

Step 3.  

You can buy your movie tickets online or go directly to the theatre…and there’s always popcorn. Enjoy the movie!


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