American Sniper parents guide

American Sniper

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Overall C

Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) is a man with amazing skill with a rifle. Based on a true story, this movie follows his life as he serves his country as a Navy SEAL.

Release date January 16, 2015

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

Why is American Sniper rated R? The MPAA rated American Sniper R for language, sexual content/nudity, some drug use and brief violence.

Run Time: 133 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is American Sniper rated R? American Sniper is rated R by the MPAA for language, sexual content/nudity, some drug use and brief violence.

Many scenes of military conflict depict violent acts in a realistic manner, with detail and blood effects. Multiple people, including women and children, are shown on screen being shot, killed and injured. Scenes depict soldiers forcibly entering homes and threatening family members. A man tortures a boy with an electric power drill (we see him press it to the boy’s leg) and eventually kills the boy by drilling into his head—the man later shoots the boy’s father and dismembers his mother’s arm. The crosshairs of a gun are aimed at young boys when they appear to be considering violent actions against US troops. A schoolyard bully physically hurts a smaller boy until another boy steps in and punches him. Couples verbally argue. Rodeo violence is depicted. A shirtless man has a dartboard drawn on his back and another man throws darts at him, which penetrate his skin.

Sexual Content:
Sexual relationships are implied. A man discovers his girlfriend in bed with another man—no sexual activity or explicit nudity is seen. In a few scenes, a married couple is depicted in sensual situations (again, no nudity or sexual activity is shown). A brief sexual discussion is heard, along with talk about pregnancy.

Frequent use of the sexual expletive (over 100 times), along with other sexual references, scatological slang, crude anatomical terms, religious exclamations and ethnic slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Two characters challenge each other to a shot drinking competition in exchange for answering questions. Other scenes depict social drinking. A character chews tobacco.

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American Sniper
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Manitoba 14A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence, Vulgar Language.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of American Sniper movie is May 19, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: American Sniper
Release Date: 19 May 2015
American Sniper releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy ) with the following bonus features:
- One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper
- The Making of American Sniper

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Clint Eastwood, who directed this movie, also helmed Grand Torino, the story of another war vet and Letters to Iwo Jima, a look at WWII from the Japanese side of the battlefield.

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