'Fifty Shades' Gets More Restrictive Rating in U.K. Than in U.S.

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The British Board of Film Classification has said that no one under 18 should be admitted to see the big-screen version of the erotic novel.

The English reputation for prudishness was underlined on Monday when the British Board of Film Classification gave its rating suggestion for Fifty Shades of Grey.

In January, the hotly anticipated adaptation of EL James' erotic romance was granted an R rating by the MPAA in the U.S. rather than the more restrictive NC-17, adding to earlier suggestions that the film wasn't quite as risque as once thought. But 17-year-olds in the U.K. will no doubt be dusting off their fake IDs following the BBFC's decision to label the Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan-starring drama with an 18 certificate, meaning no one under 18 will be admitted to see the film in U.K. cinemas.

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"The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sadomasochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to such practices and the instruments used," the BBFC's full insight read. However, it confirmed that no cuts had been made.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Dornan — who last year said there wasn't any full-frontal nudity in Fifty Shades of Grey — denied that the film was so erotic.

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"It's sexual — of course it's sexual. I personally don't think it's pornographic, but I grew up in a very liberal household. I think that there will be a few things in the movie that you don't get very often, which I think is a good thing," he said. 

"I just wouldn't use the word 'erotic.' It brings up different ideas for me. I just think we tried to make a good picture."