‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ rated 12A in the UK for ‘moderate violence’

J.J. Abrams' film also contains 'occasional scenes of moderate threat' and 'very mild bad language'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been given a 12A certificate in the UK.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) awarded the rating based on the film’s “frequent scenes of moderate violence, including use of blasters and lightsabers, and dogfights between spaceships”.

“Sight of blood and injury detail is limited and brief,” the BBFC adds in the explanation for its rating.

The BBFC also notes that J.J. Abrams’ film contains “occasional scenes of moderate threat include characters being interrogated using ‘the Force’, which it is implied causes them pain, and characters being held at lightsaber-point”.

“There is infrequent use of very mild bad language (‘hell’, ‘damn’),” the rating concludes.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on December 17 and a day later in the US, where it has been given a roughly equivalent PG-13 rating.

The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director J.J. Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Ford recently confirmed that he has already seen the film, calling it “wonderful” and “a real big movie”.

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