Paddington (2014) - Peter Capaldi
Paddington (2014) - Mr Curry (Peter Capaldi) ©2014 The Weinstein Company

The cast and his crew of Paddington where not surprised by the UK’s The British Board of Film Classification of a PG (parental guidance) rating because of ‘dangerous behaviour’ but they where by the warning of ‘sex references’ and ‘bad language’!

Has Peter Capaldi been at the swearing again? (No). What was so sexy? (apparently it was to do with Hugh Bonneville briefly dressed as a woman!) The sex references was later changed to innuendo but only after an appeal made by the producers.

Parents can rest assured, the movie is indeed suitable for young children! Just don’t let them copy the bear with his duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches.

Paddington (2014) - David Heyman, Sally Hawkins, Michael Bond, Hugh Bonneville and Paul King
Paddington (2014) – Producer David Heyman, Sally Hawkins aka Mrs Brown, Paddington creator Michael Bond, Hugh Bonneville aka Mr Brown and director Paul King ©2014 The Weinstein Company

The combined magic of the loved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (of Harry Potter fame) has Paddington telling the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home.

Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin) who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.

It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist, Millicent (Nicole Kidman)…

Paddington (2014) – Image Gallery

Paddington (2014) – Theatrical release dates

UK: November 28, 2014
Australia: December 11, 2014
New Zealand: December 18, 2014
US and Canada: January 16, 2015

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online