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Mesmerizing mature drama with just a bit of sex, violence.
What Parents Need to Know
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."
- Families can talk about what makes this movie unique. Have you seen other movies with similar styles or themes? What sets this one apart? What do you know about how the director works?
- What makes a movie better for mature viewers -- sexual or violent content or adult-oriented themes? What kinds of movies should teens not see?
The good stuff
Messages: Even among thieves and con artists, loyalty is a must. Also, love can sometimes be the only way out of a really big mess.
Role models: Irving isn't a pillar of decency by any stretch of the imagination, but he does have standards and approaches his line of work with zeal and respect. Also, he truly loves his step-son and makes sacrifices for him. Sydney is lost, sometimes sad, but bold and hardworking, and truly loves Irving, even though he's married to someone else. Sydney is a force to be reckoned with, mistress of her fate. She and Irving have an equal relationship.
What to watch for
Violence: 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.
Sex: 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.
Language: Swear words galore, including "ass," "s--t," "son-of-a-bitch," bulls--t," and "motherf--ker."
Consumerism: Some old-school brands, including Pimm's, Chase, Skippy, Cheez Whiz, and New York's Plaza Hotel.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief scenes showing adults snorting coke and smoking weed. Lots of social drinking.
Fan Reviews provided by
Disappointed by friedb
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie but was very disappointed. The characters were overblown stereotypes, even cartoonish in a way. Most of the movie was very slow moving and even though it was about a huge scam it was not very suspenseful. I'm not sure if this was a comedy or drama; it didn't succeed at either.
Save your money by closebydaytona
Implausible characters, completely sideways plot lines and some of the WORST acting I have ever seen. How Jennifer Lawrence gets acting jobs I will never know. That was one of the worst films I have ever endured through two hours of torture to watch!!
American "Fizzle" by candysxs4u
With all the buzz, I was looking forward to seeing this movie! Can I have my money back? One of the worst movies I have ever seen. When a movie is great, or even good, it stays in my memory for a long time; I even look forward to maybe seeing it again. I can't remember any of this movie. I couldn't remember any of it even as soon as leaving the theater. I became more and more disappointed as the frames rollllled on. I would probably even want my money back if I had waited and rented it at the box. 10 nominations??? Who are these Academy people anyway? Robots with no intelligence? Ugh.
Surprise by farmerg25
Thought was slow moving at first but the actors were terrific in their roles. Thought all the main characters were great! Even though slow at first, ending was so good it was worth waiting for.
American Hustle by zoebroxson
This movie was very entertaining, and the actors were fantastic. It was funny and kept me engaged for the entire time. Jennifer Lawrence is fascinating to watch. Everything she does is different from what she's done before and she is over the top in this one.
Wow! by stevecherry
Good movie. Christian Bale's performance was a pleasant surprise. Amy Adams turned in her usual stellar performance, hitting the mark as far as I'm concerned. This is a must see movie.
Great Movie by lys08
Prepare your ears id you're not used to bunches of cursing but the movie was great! Light and entertaining but with a twist. The costumes were amazing!
Interesting movie... by kimgmurray
I enjoyed it better than my husband, but I think it was masterfully done. Costuming/hair, etc. was such a throw-back to the 70's. Left me wondering how much of the story was actually true, but I liked it and would see it again. =)
American Hustle by blaaron693
Interesting characters. Hard to believe someone is that smart to pull off a con job like that. Must be attentive to follow everything that is taking place.
Don't Be Conned. Run, Don't Walk to See American Hustle by bobinbynum
Really good movie. David Russell has succeeded in recreating an era with impeccable taste and verve. The four leads are fabulous, each in their different way. Christian Bale in a fat suit sleazing his way across the screen is fascinating and for the whole movie I saw what looked like a younger James Brolin as a much better actor than he ever was. Bradley Cooper in tight perm and acting with a tight sphincter. Amy Adams playing coy, at turns vicious, then vulnerable, aways vivid. And Jennifer Lawrence chewing up the scenery one voracious bite at a time. With cameos by Louie CK and Bobby DeNiro.
A little overindulgent in the circle pans, but a wonderful, in character recreation of a most fascinating era. I was transported to 1978. Add the era music and it was heaven.
Go. Go. Go.