Argo parents guide


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.

Release date October 11, 2012

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

Why is Argo rated R? The MPAA rated Argo R for language and some violent images.

Run Time: 128 minutes

Official Movie Site

Read Our Full Review & Parent Discussion Questions Here

Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Argo rated R? Argo is rated R by the MPAA for language and some violent images.

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.

Page last updated

Canadian Movie Rating Info
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
Canadian Home Video

NEW: Listen to our Parent Previews Podcast and take control of media and technology in your family!

News About "Argo"

Cast and Crew

Argo is directed by Ben Affleck and stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Chris Messina.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Argo movie is December 3, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition

Release Date: 3 December 2013

After winning an Oscar for Best Picture of 2012, Warner Brothers Studios has decided to re-release Argo to home video in a Declassified Extended Edition. Extras in this package include:

- Copies of the feature film (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy)

- Argo Theatrical release (120 minutes)

- Argo Extended edition (129 minutes)

- 64-Page In-Depth Book with Behind-the-Scenes Argo Photographs

- Argo: A Cosmic Conflagration Movie Poster Reproduction (14” x 20”)

- Map of “Argo” Movie Locations (14” x 20”)

- ID Card Prop Replica

- Picture in Picture: Eyewitness Account

- Feature length audio commentary with director Ben Affleck and writer Chris Terrio

- Rescued from Tehran: We Were There

- Argo: Absolute Authenticity

- Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection

- Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option

- Argo Files

- Argo Declassified: Tony Mendez’s daring operation gets honored as part of the CIA’s 50th anniversary

- Ben Affleck’s Balancing Act: Balancing humor, politics, Hollywood and international intrigue as only Affleck and his team could do

- Argo **** Yourself: Ben Affleck leads an all-star review of Argo’s classic line

Home Video Notes: Argo

Release Date: 19 February 2013

Argo releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) with the following extras:

Audio commentary with director Ben Affleck

Feature Length Picture in Picture: Eye Witness Account

Rescued from Tehran: We Were There

Argo: Absolute Authenticity

Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection

Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option

Related home video titles:

Other movies based on real stories of political crisis include: Thirteen Days, The Iron Lady and Hotel Rwanda.