How would I denote the spectrum of film age restrictions as spoken in France? And how could I go about doing this in a colloquial manner when discussing movies casually with a friend? Things like:

It's been a while since I've seen a G-rated movie.


I can't believe it's rated R!

I've seen a range of things from interdit aux mineurs to classé-R. But from what I understand, the content rating system varies from U to -18. So how would I go about expressing each respective rating in a casual tone?

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In France, there is no casual shortcut I'm aware of. We say the age under which the movie is restricted:

Interdit aux moins de 18 (or 16 or 12) ans.

A -18 movie is also called interdit aux mineurs and might be classé X.

On TV, there is an extra level:

Interdit/déconseillé aux moins de 10 ans.

U rated movies are called tous publics.

  • A shortcut could be omitting "ans".
    – Destal
    Dec 18, 2019 at 14:13
  • Quelques détails ici : fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/…. Mais cela correspond à la réponse donnée
    – Damien
    Dec 18, 2019 at 15:45
  • Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I've even heard the shortcut Ce film est "moins de 16".
    – Destal
    Dec 18, 2019 at 17:12
  • @Destal Yes, ans might be omitted although in my opinion it is rare.
    – jlliagre
    Dec 18, 2019 at 17:39

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