Fifty Shades of Grey may have more sex than the 100 most naked films of last year put together, but South African authorities found it so meek that teens will be allowed to see it when it premieres tomorrow.
At South African cinemas, the film comes with a “16 LSN” rating.
In the UK, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave it an 18 certificate, meaning no under 18s will be allowed to see it.
According to reports, the BBFC found the film to contain “strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic roleplay based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices”.
In the US, the Motion Picture Association of America gave it an R rating, which means teens under 17 would need to be with a guardian to see it, because it had “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behaviour and graphic nudity”.
The film, which is an adaptation of author E L James’s bestselling novel of the same name, contains about 20 minutes of sex in about two hours.
The movie has been banned in Malaysia and comes with an R21 rating in Singapore.
But in South Africa, Film and Publication Board spokesman Manala Botolo said: “The FPB used the current guidelines that guide classifiers when classifying movies. These are from public and stakeholder input.”
She said the board had not yet received any complaints from the public about the movie’s rating.
Meanwhile, international reports say fans have been banned by some cinemas from bringing “props” with them, but reviews suggest there is very little to excite viewers anyway.