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MPAA Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking

Sex & Nudity

  • We see the buttocks of a boy. This is in two scenes, the second of which is somewhat extended and shows rear nudity for multiple boys.
  • We also see a very, very, brief glimpse of a young boy's genitalia from behind. It's so brief that it's much easier to miss completely than to catch.

Violence & Gore

  • We see several boys being pushed, slapped and caned by teachers.
  • Billy gets into violent arguments with his brother and mother, in which they push and shove.
  • Billy gets into a fight at school, and they fall around punching and kicking each other.


  • One mouthed F-word; a man can be seen mouthing "you fucking twat!" to a boy (it's barely audible, but it comes up in the subtitles). In the undubbed version, there is another instance where Billy shouts "thou's a big, fucking bastard!" at Jud towards the end of the film, which leads his mother to say, "That's enough of that language." In the dubbed version, this is replaced by "thou's a big, bloody bastard!"
  • A man is seen making an obscene hand gesture (shaking his hand, miming masturbation). In England and Commonwealth countries, this is often a sign of calling someone a "wanker" or "tosser."
  • Several uses of "bastard."
  • "Twat" is used a few times.
  • "Damn" is used a couple of times.
  • "Hell" is used a few times.
  • "Bleeding" is used during the football match.
  • "Bloody" and "git" are used several times, although "git" is said as a homophone of "get" in this dialect.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • BBFC - (12A): infrequent strong language, moderate violence.
  • MPAA - Rated PG-13 for language, nudity and some teen smoking.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In the films conclusion, the boy's kestrel dies. This may be distressing for younger viewers.

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