France Is Fine With ‘Fifty Shades’ Sex Scenes, Rates It Suitable for Teens

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BERLIN — The French National Film Board (CNC) has given Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” a relaxed PG-12 rating.

Underscoring the discrepancies in social mores throughout Europe, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was judged much more strictly in the U.K., where the movie has been given an “18” certification for “unusual behavior and graphic nudity.”

In France, however, teenagers will get to see the movie, which features numerous sex scenes. In fact, Jean-François Mary, who presides over the French ratings board, said “Fifty Shades of Grey” was nothing more than a “romance.”

“It’s really a romance, we could even call it a bleuette — a sentimental tale,” said Mary of the board’s decision to allow adolescent moviegoers into the movie.

The Gallic board even considered not restricting the movie for audiences under 12, according to Premiere magazine. “The director handled the sex scenes very skillfully and limited them to the bare minimum. It’s more the subject itself, this SM relationship, which pushed us to restrict the movie for audiences under 12.”

Many French journos have criticized the CNC’s decision, finding it too permissive.

“France will therefore be the only country to allow 13-year-old children to watch doggy-style sex scenes and other less conventional sexual behaviors in theaters,” wrote Phalene de la Valette in Le Point magazine. “Throughout the world everyone seems to agree that the film is not appropriate for younger audiences. In Canada, Ireland, Australia and Czech Republic, Belgium and Sweden, ratings vary between 18 and 15 years old. Even the very liberal countries like the Netherlands didn’t go under that age limit.”

It’s not the first time the French ratings board has been judged too lax. Last year, it gave “Blue Is the Warmest Color” an under 12 restriction, and a couple years ago, it allowed children into “Porn in the Hood,” a local comedy that featured many graphic sex scenes, including a female ejaculation.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” bowed today in France and already leads the box office.

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  1. Michael Mex says:

    I saw the movie this is just a talking movie, this is just a girly movie, there is absolutely no shocking scenes, you just see a vagina for 3 seconds in the entire movie, I’m French and I’m proud that we don’t live in a crazy country afraid of nudity like in the US and UK (I lived in the US for 5 years, so I know) in France here we have 100% beaches being topless legal and at 22h30 you can see erotic movies on TV (and it’s 16+) at least France is more realistic and not hypocrite !

  2. Cassandra says:

    Like WTF? Don’t say I’m stupid or anything, because I have read the book.. The 3 parts of it! But to tell you it suprisingly turned out (for me) that after 5 days of finishing it, just thinking of it makes me feel horrible, I hate it! I know you say He will be changed by Anastia or whatever…. but yeah, thanks for spreading ‘BDSM’ si those who watch it will give in to the ‘temptation’or whatever… you see, it’s ANTI-FEMINiST… You can see woman dreaming of their “Christian Grey’ and hell yeah,I know Anastasia is deacribed as ‘feminist’ in the book or whatever… but you can never change the fact that you spread this kind of thing,,,, this is just horrible. You know this is feminist but it turns out, the book will make you feel ‘wet’ or liking ‘BDSM’ of Ana and Grey wanting you to want more l, which is absolutely ‘unacceptable’ for me,,, this… is…. horrible !!!

  3. Simon says:

    As I understand it, this movie is rated “R” in the USA. Doesn’t this mean that children can see this so long as they are accompanied by an adult?

  4. pissed citizen says:

    Who cares France is seperate from every other country they can do as they please. Besides kids here in the US are doing half of that shit anyways . You think a 13 yr old wouldnt know whats going on or anyone in their teens below 18 for that matter. We have more serious problems in the world to worry about then the lowest age at which a country allows peoplr to see a movie.

  5. Catherine says:

    Why would we care anymore about 12 year olds watching this movie than when they were all so ‘into’ The Twilight Saga?

    People need to stop using the excuse that these books are about consenting adults. They are no more about BDSM than Twilight was about Vampires, ha – nor are either of these series’ about love. THAT is the problem with them. 50 Shades of Grey is virtual proof of how warped the obsessions of so many OLDER Twilight & ANTI-Twilight fans were so many years ago (and still). It’s amazing how time muddies things… Fiction done right doesn’t hurt anybody – but, Twilight wasn’t done right; 50 Shades is only ONE bad consequence that came out of it. SEARCH explaintwilightbreakingdawnending on blogspot for all the details on how a romantic sparkling vamp accidentally inspired Christian Grey – along with the history of The Twilight Saga and how many ways it has harmed the ENTIRE world.

  6. Jim Heald says:

    I just don’t understand our “moral outrage” here in the US. Several articles, like this one, are stating that the French are “too lax” when it comes to nudity and sex in movies. The Today show basically said the same thing this morning in a mocking tone.

    We in the US are totally backwards, not them. Showing nudity and sex is taboo, yet when it comes to violence we allow so much. The Dark Knight, World War Z, Taken & Taken 2, The Grudge, the Robocop remake, and many more PG-13 movies had fairly graphic violence with lots of gun action yet were all PG-13 (a similar rating to what 50 Shades got in France). And some of these violent movies were clearly marketed towards children – The Avengers, The Dark Knight, The Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America – The First Avenger, and others.

    We in the US seem ok with our kids watching people casually shooting other people and and brains getting blown out, but freak out at the thought of them seeing two people who care for each other having sex – “OMG, they showed a breast. My son will now grow up to be a pervert. We better buy him the new Call of Duty video game where he can pretend to kill people for the next 2 hours”.

    But the French are “too lax”. hmmm

  7. Tommy Land says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie!

  8. Bob says:

    “France will therefore be the only country to allow 13-year old children to watch doggy-style sex scenes and other less conventional sexual behaviors in theaters”
    They probably know A LOT more than that. Don’t try to act like teenagers are suppose to be innocent and naive. And no one is forcing teenagers to watch this film.

  9. Marie says:

    Come on, it’s France. What did you expect, for them to act like prudes?

  10. ktest098 says:

    In France if you’re not into sex and bondage by the time you are 14, you are kind of a mutant. Don’t forget what country the Marquis De Sade is from…

    • Napoléon Bonaparte says:

      Are you french, or do you live there? Are you a specialist of the french teenagers’s sociology or have you any sharp knowledge of the subject, wich, by the way could make your post different than a stupid reaction, condemnig a whole country in a global behaviour? Or do you just repeat what you are just convinced without any kind of reflection because you prefer the worl like that?
      Please, answer me because i’m french, living in France, and i really fear to be blind about teenagers surrounding me.

    • Mark says:

      And in America if you haven’t shot your first person by the time you are 14, you are kind of a mutant. Don’t forget what country thinks “sex is evil” and “violence” is great…

      • ktest098 says:

        Replace “person” with “target” and I’d agree with you. American generally is too uptight about sex. You seem to be overly uptight about guns though… Don’t you think it’s better if you are not so uptight about anything?

    • Llewlyn says:

      well, that’s not prejudiced at all.

      these statements are ridiculous and racist. Wow. well done.

      • Jim Heald says:

        It’s not being “overly uptight” – it is calling out the double standard. look at TV shows in the US today – on broadcast TV if you show a nipple you get fined, but you can show a someone holding a gun to someones head and blowing their brains out. That is a person getting their brains blown out – not a target.

      • ktest098 says:

        I find it amusing that you find a comment as to what the French are like, a nation comprised of all races, to be racist…

        Of course the comment is ridiculous. Hello, it’s the internet.

  11. Ze Forte says:

    “teenagers will get the see the movie”? “get THE see” Is anyone at Variety proofreading these days?!!!

  12. Marc says:

    Then again, in the US the ratings often are very lax for violance. Sex is something you do expect adults to engage in, violance not so much.

  13. Llewlyn says:

    Fifty Shades of Grey is less graphic than a GoT episode, come on!!

    America rated The Chorus PG-13!! Our rating system is fine with some few mistakes, yours can be ludicrous.

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