France Gives ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ a PG-12 Rating for Teens to Watch

By Florida Mae Acampado | 2 years ago
France Gives ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ a PG-12 Rating for Teens to Watch

Some gave “Fifty Shades of Grey” a “for adults only” rating, others were even close to banning it and one made sure never to show it at all. However, in the end, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” craze prevailed in many countries. In a rather surprising move, France deemed the movie viewable for those aged 13 years old and above.

This Valentine’s week also happens to be the premiere of the much-anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie based from the erotic novel written by E. L. James. Distributed by Universal Pictures in many countries around the world, the movie has been rated as a mature film, not surprisingly because of its sex scenes. However, for the movie’s premiere in France, CNC, the French national film board, gave it a PG-12 rating.


PG-12 is the second lowest age rating set in France, as per its four classifications: U, PG-12, PG-16 and PG-18.

“[‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is] really a romance, we could even call it a bleuette — a sentimental tale,” CNC Head Jean-François Mary explained, as published on Variety.

In an interview with Premiere magazine, it was revealed that at first, they even thought of not placing a restriction at all, except that it tackled sadomasochism or S&M relationships.

This turned out to be the lowest age rating given among the countries wherein the movie was released. In the U.S., “Fifty Shades” was given an “R” rating, while UK also gave it an “18” certification. Malaysia actually banned it for viewing, deeming it to be too sadistic.

As shocking as this low age rating may be for an erotic adult movie, this isn’t exactly the first time that France gave an adult movie a low age rating compared to others. Two good examples of that were the movies “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which was also given a PG-12 rating, and “Porn in the Hood.”

What do you think of the French film board CNC giving “Fifty Shades of Grey” a PG-12 rating compared to other countries’ PG-18 verdict? Post your comments below.

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