Picture from The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
Overall C-

This lengthy movie with an equally lengthy title, offers a glimpse into the private life of Jesse James (played by Brad Pitt), one of America's most glamorized outlaws, and the man who won a place in the history books by assassinating him (Casey Affleck is cast as Robert Ford).

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

MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence and brief sexual references

Why is The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford is rated R for for some strong violence and brief sexual references

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Long and ponderous, this film likely won’t appeal to young audiences unless they are particularly interested in the subject or era. It also contains many moments of gun violence, with victims shot at close range (details and blood are shown). There are a couple of scenes with frank and coarse sexual discussion, one involving derogatory details about Native American women. Other language includes infrequent mild and moderate profanities, a couple of uses of Christian deity as expletives, and crude anatomical terms. Some characters smoke in this period drama.