American Hustle

2013 R 2h 18m Blu-ray / DVD

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American Hustle

2013 R 2h 18m Blu-ray / DVD
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This fictionalization of the "Abscam" scandal of the early 1980s follows con man Irving Rosenfeld and his lover, Sydney Prosser, as they help an eccentric FBI agent expose corruption among several members of Congress in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Christian Bale
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Amy Adams
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Louis C.K.
  • Jack Huston
  • Michael Peña
  • Shea Whigham
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Elisabeth Röhm
  • Paul Herman
  • Saïd Taghmaoui
  • Matthew Russell
  • Thomas Matthews
  • Adrian Martinez
  • Anthony Zerbe
  • Colleen Camp
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that American Hustle is an intoxicating, brilliant -- but mature -- drama that will leave viewers breathless with its audacity and streak of humor. There's not a ton of violence or sexual activity, but the themes are intense and adult (reinvention, one-upsmanship, overarching ambition infidelity, an unhappy marriage). The movie also includes brief scenes of drug use and loads of swearing including multiple instances of "f--k."

Sexual Content

A woman's wardrobe consists almost entirely of plunging necklines that show off her cleavage. A man and a woman go into a bathroom stall, and he's shown lifting up her skirt and making out with her while they discuss whether to have sex or not. Another couple is shown kissing passionately, and it's suggested that they sleep together, though we don't see any explicit sexual activity.


This is not a violence-packed movie, but there are a few key moments of brutality. A man shoots someone at point blank (it's a brief but visceral scene). A woman finds herself hitting a man hard with a picture frame after he refuses to stop making advances toward her. A man beats a co-worker with a phone; again, it's brief, but long enough for us to get a sense of the moment's brutality.


Swear words galore, including "ass," "s--t," "son-of-a-bitch," bulls--t," and "motherf--ker."

Social Behavior

Even among thieves and con artists, loyalty is a must. Also, love can sometimes be the only way out of a really big mess.


Some old-school brands, including Pimm's, Chase, Skippy, Cheez Whiz, and New York's Plaza Hotel.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief scenes showing adults snorting coke and smoking weed. Lots of social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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