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X-Men: Apocalypse classified M

Classification Review Board

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The Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film X-Men: Apocalypse is classified M (Mature) with consumer advice of “Frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language”.

In films classified M, the Classification Guidelines require that the treatment of themes have no more than a moderate sense of threat or menace, and be justified by context. Moderate violence is permitted. Aggressive or strong coarse language should be infrequent and justified by context.

The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the film was no higher than moderate.

Films classified M are not recommended for persons under 15 years of age.  Consumer advice is additional information about the main content of a film which is intended to help consumers decide if they want to view this type of material

The Classification Review Board convened today in response to an application from the original applicant, Twentieth Century Film Distributors d to review the decision made by the Classification Board on 11 May 2016 to classify X-Men: Apocalypse MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied).

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games. This is the same framework used by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. It makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board's reasons for this decision will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

Statement authorised by Fiona Jolly, Acting Convenor, Classification Review Board