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American Hustle

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: --
Violence: --
Sexual Content: --
Language: --
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: 138
Theater Release: 18 Dec 2013
Video Release: 18 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: R
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Why Is American Hustle Rated R?

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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