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American Beauty 2000 No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


American Beauty
 122 minutes (2 hrs 02 mins)
UK release date UK release: 28th January 2000
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US total gross
  $130.1 Million
Global total gross
  $356.3 Million
Sam Mendes
Kevin Spacey
Annette Bening
Thora Birch
Wes Bentley
Mena Suvari
Peter Gallagher
Allison Janney
Chris Cooper
Scott Bakula
Sam Robards
Barry Del Sherman
Ara Celi
John Cho
Fort Atkinson
Sue Casey
Kent Faulcon
Brenda Wehle
Lisa Cloud
Alison Faulk
Krista Goodsitt
Lily Houtkin
Carolina Lancaster
Mona Leah
Chekesha Van Putten
Emily Zachary
Nancy Anderson
Reshma Gajjar
Stephanie Rizzo
Heather Joy Sher
Chelsea Hertford
Amber Smith
Joel McCrary
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Dennis Anderson
Matthew Kimbrough
Erin Cathryn Strubbe
Bruce Cohen
Elaine Corral Kendall
David C. Fisher
Tom Miller
Ronald Reagan