American Fiction Parent Guide Fiction is stranger, and more lucrative, than truth. Release date December 22, 2023 Theaters: A frustrated novelist writes a novel playing on Black stereotypes as a joke but finds himself with a best seller on his hands. Why is American Fiction rated R? The MPA rated American Fiction R for language throughout, some drug use, sexual references and brief violence. Run Time: 117 minutes News About "American Fiction" Cast and Crew American Fiction is directed by Cord Jefferson and stars Jeffrey Wright, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross.