TLDR: No. It’s rated 15 in the UK.
Yesterday Netflix’s latest Original movie, “Okja”, was released after a premiere at Cannes and a lot of marketing. It would seem, however, that their marketing wasn’t quite up to scratch as many people still think that it is a family-friendly film. It isn’t. When it was added, the UK Netflix showed it as having a ‘G’ rating. Netflix describe ‘G’ as “Netflix Guidance (G): Members should read reviews or pre-watch the TV show or movie to best determine its appropriateness for Little Kids, Older Kids, and Teens.” but then in their table below put ‘G’ alongside the BBFC rating of ‘PG’ for ‘Older Kids’ but younger than Teens:
The rating for “Okja” has since been corrected to ’15’ for strong language with the extra information of:
There is strong language (‘f**k’). Other bad language includes ‘sh*t’, ‘damn’ and ‘hell’.
There are moments of threat as the ‘super pig’ is moved to New York to be processed as food. There are scenes of violence, although with little impact detail. There are also brief sex references.
So, ignoring the fact that Netflix gave the film their ‘G’ rating, why are people surprised that “Okja” is not suitable for younger viewers? The marketing, in my opinion, has not done a good job of explaining the content of the film: “gratuitous f-bombs” and “disturbing scientific experimentation body horror” (quotes from Bloody Disgusting). Instead we see these cutesy pictures of a girl with her friendly, giant super-pig:
And this description from Netflix themselves:
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Looks and sounds cute, doesn’t it? I certainly thought so – until I heard reviews and saw the trailer (which I had ignored for some time as cute ‘girl befriends animal’ films aren’t really my thing). I then saw the film in a different light… However, if my Twitter feed this morning was anything to go by, it seems a lot of people were expecting a family-friendly film and not a 15-rated messed up swear-fest! Have a look at the posts below:
Heads-up for those wanting to watch with younger kids, there are a surprising number of F-bombs.
— Neil Studd (@dustlined) June 28, 2017
My initial thoughts were to let my 9 yr old watch it. That's a definite NO at the moment based on what you guys have mentioned.
— Finances of Football (@financesoffooty) June 29, 2017
Daughter's going to have a fit lol. All & her friends have been talking about is that damn superpig. Think we kind of expecting ET
— Al (@BT_abe) June 29, 2017
going to be absolute nightmare fuel for kids; hope you didn't cook meat for dinner…
— George Williamson (@GfzW) June 29, 2017
Discussion this morning on Twitter seems to indicate that the latter half is nightmare fuel. Check @NewOnNetflixUK feed for comments.
— Cholok (@CH0L0K) June 29, 2017
I can’t help thinking that Netflix haven’t done a great job with their promotion and marketing of “Okja”… What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.