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Deadpool tops list of most complained about films in 2016


Story by Jack Foley

SUPERHERO flick Deadpool attracted the most complaints to Britain’s film censors in 2016, according to a new report.

The Marvel movie received 51 complaints to The British Board of Film Classification. Another superhero flick, DC’s Suicide Squad, came second with 30, while Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came third with 20.

For Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, it was the bloody violence, strong language and sex references that generated the complaints – although the BBFC has defended the 15 certificate it awarded the film.

While agreeing that the violence was ‘strong and frequently bloody’, it maintained that “this often occurs during fast-paced action sequences with little focus on detail”.

With regard to the strong sex references, most took the form of “comic verbal quips or innuendo”, while in regards to the swearing, there’s no upper limit on usage for a 15 certificate film.

“The sex references and language are therefore acceptable at the classification,” the report concludes.

Complaints about Suicide Squad, the baddie superhero ensemble movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, came mostly from people objecting that it had a 15 rating in the first place, thereby excluding younger children from seeing it.

In contrast, the concerns about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children were that it was too scary for a 12A rating.

The report did acknowledge that the film had monster characters which were seen to feed on eyeballs, but the BBFC maintained that such scenes were “infrequent”, while the fantasy setting of the film as a whole “reduced the intensity of these moments”.

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