Yes, most films and some older video games have a BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) rating. Newer video games have a PEGI (Pan-European Games Information) rating and categorises the type of content in a game, for example, sexual content, violence etc. Ratings are enforced by law and it is an offence to attempt to buy a certificated title if you are under age or to attempt to purchase one on behalf of someone else that is underage.

BBFC ratings are:

  • U - Suitable for all ages
  • PG - Parental guidance advised
  • 12 - Suitable only for 12 years and over
  • 15 - Suitable only for 15 years and over
  • 18 - Suitable only for 18 years and over

PEGI ratings are:

  • 3 - Suitable only for 3 years and over
  • 7 - Suitable only for 7 years and over
  • 12 - Suitable only for 12 years and over
  • 16 - Suitable only for 16 years and over
  • 18 - Suitable only for 18 years and over


If you require details about the content of a specific film or game, please visit the website of the relevant rating board (BBFC or PEGI) and search by the title. They will have a breakdown of why the title received the rating it did. However please be aware, you're liable to see some spoilers.