R16 Violence and offensive language
Southpaw is a compelling redemption drama set in the world of professional boxing. Jake Gyllanhaal stars as a world champion with a rough upbringing whose life falls apart after a tragedy.
The boxing scenes are brutal, realistic and intense. They contain graphic depictions of violence and injury. Other scenes outside the ring are disturbing and emotionally powerful. There is frequent use of highly offensive language in an aggressive and threatening context. Because of these matters the film needs restriction to its intended audience of older teens and adults.
M Drug use, offensive language, content that may disturb
Amy is a documentary about the late British singer, Amy Winehouse. It contains discussions surrounding drug addiction, eating disorders, and there is a considerable amount of highly offensive language. However, these issues are not treated in a sensational manner, and these themes alone do not justify a restriction. Younger viewers would not necessarily be harmed by exposure to this documentary. It is classified as unrestricted, with a recommendation that it is suitable for mature audiences.
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