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Creating a fictional tale based on a true story (the 1970 Abscam Scandal), American Hustle follows the sting operation of an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) and a couple of conscripted con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams) to trap mobsters, corrupt business men and crooked politicians.

Why is American Hustle rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: American Hustle is rated R for for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Brief explicit violence.

- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Depictions of gun and hand-to-hand violence, with some blood and little detail.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references, language and innuendo.

- Embracing and kissing.

- Two scenes of nudity (depicting breasts and/or buttocks) in sexual contexts.

- Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity, with no nudity and little detail.

- Brief portrayal of breast nudity in a non-sexual context.

- Fondling.


- Pervasive use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, and cursing.

- Infrequent use of sexual slurs, vulgar language, and sexual references.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

- Frequent tobacco use.

- Alcohol abuse.

- Scene of drug use involving marijuana.

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