‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will be released in France on Wednesday and 12-year-old children will be allowed to purchase tickets and watch the movie in theaters.
The country’s film board decided that the movie did not deserve an “adult certificate” which means that just about anyone can see the movie.
France’s classification president, Jean-Francois Mary, said the movie “isn’t a film that…can shock a lot of people.”
Mary admits that the movie contains scenes of nudity and sadomasochism between an entrepreneur and a virginal student, but says it is on the surface a “a romance, you could even say schmaltzy.”
The film, based on the best-selling E.L. James novel, and starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, has received an R-rating in the U.S. because of “graphic nudity” and “unusual behavior.” In Britain the movie has receive an 18 certificate. Malaysia banned the movie for being “too sadistic” in nature.
Technically in the United States a person under 18 can see the movie if their parents decide to buy them a ticket and then watch the movie with them. An NC-17 rating in the United States would have forbid anyone under 18-years-old from seeing the movie in the United States.