The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film that we highlighted as one of the movies to watch this summer, has received a harsh “18 certificate” rating (the same as 50 Shades of Grey) in the U.K. — meaning no one under the age of 18 will legally be admitted to screenings of it. The movie tells the story of a 15-year old girl who begins a relationship with her mom’s 35-year old boyfriend. Wahida Begum of Vertigo Releasing said she was massively disappointed in the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC), adding that the film was misunderstood, and reviewed exclusively by men. “The film explores female sexuality with boldness and honesty in an unexploitative manner. In an age where young women are still continually being sexualized and objectified we feel The Diary of a Teenage Girl sends a very positive, reassuring message to young girls about female sexuality and body image. It is a shame that audience will not be able legally see a film that was made by women for women of all ages.” The BBFC issued a statement in response denying the movie had only been seen by men and defending their decision because “the sex scenes and references are too numerous and sustained for a 15 classification to have been defensible.” The movie’s 18 certificate is even harsher than the ‘R’ rating it received in the U.S., where anyone under 17 year old can see the movie if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Looks like the Brits are beating the Americans in prudishness this time!
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