Bumblebee is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Travis Knight.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett.
The film was originally passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence for UK cinema release.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in
a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no
ordinary, yellow VW bug.
However the distributors preferred a cut PG version and the film was resubmitted shorn by about 6 secnds. The
BBFC duly passed the film PG for moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, language.
In the US the film was Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence.
Update: Australia too
16th December 2018. See article from refused-classification.com
With echoes of the UK situation the Australian distributors of
BumbleBee submitted the film uncut to the film censor and received an uncut M rating for moderate impact violence, mild impact themes, language Very mild drug use, sex. The M rating is an advisory 15 that would be labelled PG-15 in the US. It is the
usual rating for films rated PG-13 in the US and 12A in the UK.
Like Britain the distributors preferred a local PG and resubmitted a cut version, presumably the same as the cut UK PG rated version . However it didn't cut any ice with the censor
and was again M rated.
The distributors are now appealing the decision with the Review Board hoping to achieve the desired PG.
Update: Australia now PG rated too
18th December 2018. See
article from classification.gov.au
The distributors were successful in their appeal for a
PG rating for the pre-cut version. The review board wrote in a statement:
A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Bumblebee is classified PG with the consumer advice Mild
science fiction violence, mild themes, some scenes may scare young children.