Argo

2012 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD

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Argo

2012 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD
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When Iranian militants seize the American embassy in 1979, six Americans slip into the Canadian embassy for protection, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them by pretending that they're filmmakers rather than diplomats.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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+
  • Ben Affleck
  • Alan Arkin
  • Bryan Cranston
  • John Goodman
  • Victor Garber
  • Tate Donovan
  • Clea DuVall
  • Scoot McNairy
  • Rory Cochrane
  • Christopher Denham
  • Kerry Bishé
  • Kyle Chandler
  • Chris Messina
  • Zeljko Ivanek
  • Titus Welliver
  • Keith Szarabajka
  • Bob Gunton
  • Richard Kind
  • Taylor Schilling
  • Adrienne Barbeau
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Argo is based on the true story of a daring covert rescue mission, carried out by CIA operative Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck, who also directs), during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. A few scenes feature unruly mobs and dead bodies, and there are some extremely tense sequences during the escape, but there's not much actual on-screen violence. Other issues include swearing (there's quite a bit, including "f--k" and "s--t") and several scenes that show people smoking and drinking during social occasions.

Sexual Content

Some scantily clad actresses in scenes involving sci-fi movie shoots. A married couple hugs.

Violence

An unruly mob overruns the U.S. embassy, waving guns and threatening people. Soldiers fire tear gas into a crowd. People are manhandled and shoved around. Later, militants threaten to shoot hostages, even setting up a firing squad. Other scenes show victims of the violence in Iran, including death by point-blank gunfire and hanging. Several scenes include tense stand-offs between soldiers and people trying to hide their identities, and though there's not much violence, the anxiety is palpable. Lots of guns.

Language

Frequent swearing includes "f--k" (and many variations thereof, including a running joke involving the movie's title and word "f--k"), "s--t," "prick," "a--hole," "d--k," "hell," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), and more.

Social Behavior

The CIA goes to extreme lengths -- and one agent risks his life -- to save six people who need to get out of Iran before they're captured by revolutionaries. It's a patriotic story, based on a real mission, that highlights the agency's sense of duty during very difficult times.

Consumerism

One character drinks Miller beer and eats at McDonald's. A wealthy movie executive drives a Rolls Royce.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Several scenes show people drinking wine and cocktails at meals. A man drinks liquor alone in a hotel room, straight from the bottle, after getting bad news; it's also implied that he drinks wine "for courage" in another tense situation. Pretty frequent smoking (accurate for the era).

  • 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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