France Gives Fifty Shades Of Grey Lenient 12 Certificate
Bondage-themed movie described as a ‘schmaltzy romance'…
Fifty Shades of Grey may have got movie goers saying oh là là around the world – but not in France.
The French film classification board has decided against giving the movie an adult rating, meaning that children as young as 12 can see the bondage-themed flick.
Jean-Francois Mary, the president of France's classification board, was quoted by AP as saying Fifty Shades of Grey "isn't a film that... can shock a lot of people".
He added that Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of EL James' novel is "a romance, you could even say schmaltzy".
The film, which has been banned in Malaysia, was given an R rating in the US and an 18 certificate in the UK, with the British Board of Film Classification saying: "The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices."
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According to the LFB, they are called to at least one embarrassing incident every day, costing around £295 to the taxpayer each time.
Dave Brown from LFB said: "The Fifty Shades effect seems to spike handcuff incidents so we hope film-goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red-faced.
"I'd like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should only be used as such."
The movie opens in UK cinemas on 13 February.