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‘Paddington’ Gets PG Rating In U.K. For “Mild Sex References,” Original Creator Is “Totally Amazed”

'Paddington' Gets PG Rating In U.K. For "Mild Sex References," Original Creator Is "Totally Amazed"

So, “Paddington” is coming to theaters, and it should provide families with wholesome, cute, cuddly entertainment, right? Apparently that’s not quite the case. The British Board of Film Classification weighed in on the movie, and their warning to parents is a bit eyebrow-raising considering the beloved nature of the source material.

The BBFC has handed down a PG rating for “Paddington” for a variety of reasons, including “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references and mild bad language,” noting that “some scenes may be unsuitable for young children” and that “parents should consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.” What has become of our childhood friend Paddington, voiced by the equally harmless seeming Ben Whishaw? Sex references? Well, that’s what the bear’s creator, the 88 year-old Michael Bond, who wasn’t involved with the movie, would like to know.

“I’m totally amazed,” he told The Daily Mail. “I’d be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can’t imagine what the sex references are. It doesn’t enter into it with the books, certainly.”

So, is this a case of censors perhaps playing it a bit too safely, or is “Paddington” more risque than we imagined? Stateside, the MPAA hasn’t weighed in yet, but we’ll likely know what they think soon with the movie opening on January 16th. But it hits the U.K. first, sex references and all, on November 28th. Here’s a totally filthy TV spot. [via Yahoo]

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