Below is the Ontario Film Classification document that all Imagine Cinemas locations adhere to. This document will help you better understand why films are classified the way that they are and why we take every precaution to uphold the standards set in place by the Ontario government.
|Age Suitability||Suitable for All||Parental Guidance Advised||Persons younger than 14 must be accompanied by an Adult.||Persons younger than 18 must be accompanied by an Adult.||Restricted to persons 18 years of age or over.||• Not Recommended for Children• Not Recommended for Young Children
• Some Scary Scenes
• Cartoon/ Animation Action
• Mature Theme
• Language May Offend
• Coarse Language
• Language Not Evaluated
• Crude Content
• Graphic Violence
• Brutal Violence
• Sexual Violence
• Sexual Content
• Explicit Sexual Content
• Gory Scenes
• Frightening Scenes
• Disturbing Content
• Substance Abuse
• Tobacco Use
|Language||Infrequent use of mild profanity such as damn, hell, ass and god.||Use of expletives, such as bastard, shit, f**k (x3) and/or other limited slurs, mild sexual references. Blasphemy. Derogatory portrayals such as fatso and tubby.||Coarse language and/or slurs directed to specific segments of society, excessive use of expletives; sexual references. Infrequent strong, aggressive language. Derogatory portrayals such as lard ass and those.||Very intense and aggressive coarse language usually accompanied my violence directed towards the person(s). Aggressive/frequent slurs/sexual references.||No restriction.|
|Restrained portrayals of limited violence which may result in extremely limited bloodletting.||Restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence. The portrayals are not prolonged; there are no close-ups; bloodletting and/or tissue damage is limited.||Portrayals of graphic violence resulting in bloodletting and/or tissue damage which may or may not be fatal. Violence should be within the context of the film.||Frequent and/or prolonged portrayals of graphic violence resulting in bloodletting and/or tissue damage. Limited instances of brief, visually explicit portrayals of violence. Graphic torture/brutality. Graphic sexual violence.||Visually explicit portrayals of violence which may be characterized by extreme brutality, extreme bloodletting and extreme tissue damage, torture, horror and sexual violence.|
|Nudity||Non-sexual nudity with no close-ups (including still images).||Nudity in a non-sexual context, non-exploitative close-up (including still images).||Limited nudity in a brief sexual situation.||Limited instances of nudity in a sexual situation.||Nudity in a sexual situation.|
|Sexual Activity||Limited embracing and kissing.||Embracing, kissing, mild sexual innuendo.||Fondling, implied sexual activity; sexual innuendo.||Limited instances of simulated sexual activity.||Simulated sexual activity; explicit sexual activity.|
|Horror||Brief moments of mild horror in comedic, historic, or fantasy settings (i.e dragons, giants, wicked witches).||Scenes containing some grotesque images may be allowed in a fantasy or comedic context, but there will be no detailed and/or prolonged focus on gory images or suffering.||Occasional gory moments and some horrific/grotesque images, but these will not be detailed.||Gory or grotesque imagery may be more frequent or detailed, but will generally avoid prolonged focus.||Frequent detailed gory/grotesque image swill have a more prolonged or graphic focus and greater frequency.|
|Sensitive to scenes or situations related to a child’s sense of security and well-being.Tobacco use. (May be used with this classification).||Scenes and situations that may cause adverse psychological impact on children. May include frightening or emotionally upsetting situations involving threats, injury, illness, family problems, or death to young people, family member, and animals (particularly pets). Bullying. Substance referencing. Visual reference. Crude Content.||Occasional upsetting scenes that will tend to be more frightening, intense, disturbing – particularly to younger viewers. Substance abuse. Frequent substance referencing.||Frequent upsetting, disturbing or frightening scenes that may cause adverse psychological impact on some mature viewers. Detailed/graphic portrayals of substance abuse.||Scenes and situations may cause extreme adverse psychological impact. May involve intense and compelling terror, acts of degradation, threats of violence, and continuous acts of violence; situations could be accompanied by coarse, abusive, and degrading dialogue. Explicit substance abuse.|
NOTE 1: From time to time, guidelines may be set aside at the Panel’s discretion (where social, historic and documentary significance warrants). The reason is to be identified on the Summary report.
NOTE 2: Psychological impact may be a state of mind, mood or feeling and/or other effects on the viewer, resulting from the treatment and situations within the film. treatment may include intensity, degree, pace, atmosphere, tone, visual effects, and dialogue.
NOTE 3: Portrayals of violence may include armed combat, natural disasters, accidents, hand-to-hand combat, weapons violence and violent sports. The degree, frequency, and the intensity of the acts of violence will be factors in the classification decision.