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American Outlaws

Hoping to return to farming after serving in the American Civil War, the James brothers and their cousins from the Younger family are disappointed to discover that trouble's-a-brewin' back at the ranch. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 17 Sep 2001
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

When Jesse is set on getting vengeance, he argues with Zee (Ali Larter) that justice does not touch people who are rich and powerful. Zee counters by asking, “Who’s justice? Yours or God’s?” and then, “When will you stop?” What options do you have when you feel something is unfair? What are appropriate limits?

How do you feel about the youngest member of the gang describing his experience as an outlaw as being the “time of his life”?

For information about Jesse James, one of America’s most famous outlaws, search the internet with your favorite engine, or check your local library. As for the motives of this legend of a character, it appears the jury is still out.

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