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Overall C+

In 1979 Iranian rebels surround the American embassy, taking all staff members hostage... well, not quite all. Six manage to escape and take refuge with the Canadian Ambassador (played by Victor Garber). But they are still trapped in the hostile country, so someone (Ben Affleck) needs to come up with a plan to bring them home. This movie is based on a true story.

Violence C
Sexual Content B+
Profanity D
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: R for language and some violent images.

Why is Argo rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Argo is rated R for for language and some violent images.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

Violence: A male corpse is seen hanging from a construction crane. Still images of torture are seen. A firing squad appears to shoot a group of prisoners, but the bullets are blanks. A riot erupts when Iranian rebels take over a U.S. Embassy and forcibly contain U.S. citizens within.  Remarks are made about threats to Iranian citizens who may have American sympathies.

Sexual Content: Some revealing female costumes are shown. A man is seen without a shirt.

Language: At least 20 sexual expletives are heard, along with scatological references, a couple of terms of deity and a crude term for male anatomy.

Drugs/Alcohol: Cigarette use is portrayed throughout, along with frequent drinking of hard liquor.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language.
Manitoba 14A Violence, Coarse Language, Tobacco Use/Promotion.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Tobacco Use.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes 14A
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