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Sex Lies and Videotape 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.


Sex Lies and Videotape
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Year: 1989
 100 minutes (1 hrs 40 mins)
UK release date UK release: 8th September 1989
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US release date US release: 22nd September 1989
Steven Soderbergh
James Spader
Andie MacDowell
Peter Gallagher
Laura San Giacomo
Ron Vawter
Steven Brill
Alexandra Root
Earl T. Taylor
David Foil