BBFC reveals that Joker was its most complained about film of 2019

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The annual report of the BBFC reveals films such as Joker, Fighting With My Family and The Favourite were attracting the most complaints.

The British Board Of Film Classification has released its annual report into its work in 2019, and as always, it makes for interesting reading. Not least when you flick to the section where it details what the most complained about films in UK cinemas were in 2019.

As it turns out, the total number of complaints is down notably. Just 149 were received from members of the public in 2019, and that’s less than half the number of the year before. As such, the most complained about film of the year in Britain registered just 20 complaints in total.

Those were for Joker, the comic book hit starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. The core complaint there was that many people felt the movie should have been an 18 certificate, not a 15. “A small number felt that the film should be banned” as well. The BBFC argued that the films of violence “do not, however, dwell on the infliction of pain or injury in a manner that requires an 18”.

Next on the list was The Favourite, which picked up 12 complaints for its language, sex references, and fruity sequences. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was third with nine complaints, all about is violence.

Other titles that were complained about? Alita: Battle Angel (for its violence and language), Bumblebee (language and violence), Fighting With My Family (language and sex references), Holmes & Watson (language, sex references, and presumably the fact that the film is shite), Shazam! (bad language and horror) and The Queen’s Corgi (sex references and animal cruelty).

You can read the full BBFC report for yourself here.

We might be going out on a limb here, but we’re not expecting the number of complaints in next year’s report to have skyrocketed…

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