The British Board of Film Classification has gone back on its declaration that Paddington has “mild sex references.” The BBFC now declares that Paddington, a children’s book adaptation about a marmalade-loving bear from Darkest Peru, has “innuendo” as opposed to “mild sex references.” According to the BBC, the change was made at the request of the movie’s distributor, which also wanted the BBFC to add “more clarity to the frequency of mild bad language.” Hence, “mild sex references” became “innuendo” and “mild bad language” became “infrequent mild bad language.” The BBFC has rated the film PG.
The fact that such an innocent-seeming story could have “mild sex references” raised some eyebrows earlier thsi week. Speaking to the Daily Mail before he had seen the film, Paddington author Michael Bond said he was “totally amazed.” Bond added: “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.”
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr. Brown, was more willing to laugh it off, telling the BBC he found the BBFC’s noting “hilarious.” The BBC reported that the incriminating phrase was in reference to a scene in which a security guard flirts with Bonneville’s character dressed as a woman. So, naturally, sexy stuff.
Paddington is out on Nov. 28 in the U.K.