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MPAA Rated R for language and some violent images

Sex & Nudity

  • A brief nude drawing is seen, a woman bathing with her backside visible, and partial breast nudity seen.
  • Women at the unveiling of "Argo's" script wear tight, revealing sci-fi outfits that show a lot of skin, including some costumes that just barely cover their backsides and breasts.
  • A reference is made to theaters in Iran showing pornography.
  • A reference is made to a man being left "with his dick in his hands."

Violence & Gore

  • When Tony and his six Americans meet an Iranian official in a bazaar, their VW bus is jostled and thumped by a crowd of demonstrators. And when an Iranian takes exception to one of the women taking pictures in the bazaar, things get ugly: Locals begin shouting and screaming, and it looks as though the confrontation is just seconds from turning bloody. Indeed, nearly every encounter here has the feel of a tightrope walk, where any false step or errant gust could mean disaster. A Marine warns his nervous comrades that if they shoot one person in the crowd, everyone in the embassy will likely die. (Tear gas launched into a raging crowd has no affect.)
  • We see a man shot in the gut. (The camera's some distance away.) A man hangs dead from a construction crane. Someone runs through what appears to be a puddle of blood. We see news clips of violence and protests; and we catch hand-drawn glimpses of the old shah's cruelty to his people (most notably an illustration of a bloodied man being tortured). Iranians push down and jostle people and shoot doors (trying to open them).


  • Around 25 uses of "fuck," 7 of "shit," 5 of "hell," 4 of "Goddamn," 4 of "prick" and 1 use each of "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "dick," "Oh my God," "My God" and "Mother of God."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Everyone smokes throughout the movie. This is a reflection of the culture of the early 1980s. Many also drink. Tony drinks quite a lot as well, and although he never appears drunk, he does at one point take a bottle of whiskey to his room.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film details a hostage situation intimately from multiple perspectives, and is accordingly intense.
  • American and Iranian symbols are repeatedly defiled (including the flag and an image of "Uncle Sam")
  • In America, individuals supposedly of Iranian descent are briefly shown being wrathfully beaten.


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Violence & Gore

  • Americans are blindfolded, threatened with guns and shoved around when the embassy is overrun. Months later, a handful of hostages are taken by their captors and led to the basement, their faces covered with bags. They're lined up in a row as their captors point rifles at them. The order is given to shoot. (The guns turn out to be empty.)

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