Several scenes show shooting, fighting, and tense stand-offs between men wielding large guns. An early scene shows the funeral of gangster's mentor, followed by vows of aggression against rivals. Clips of the Vietnam War appear on background TVs.
Cops raid drug locations, with guns drawn and used. A man is thrown down the stairs, with bloody results. Following a shooting, there's blood on the floor and walls.
Frank coldly shoots a man on the street hole in head visible. Flashback shows Frank shooting someone while saying he's a "gentleman. Skeet shooting; brief shots of a boxing match.
Prostitutes stroll New York streets. Dancers in a Bangkok bar show cleavage and sexy behavior. Women's naked breasts are visible as they work to process drugs. Brief, rowdy sex scene in a kitchen; a couple of scenes show kissing Richie with a stewardess. Men appear in bars and clubs with multiple girlfriends and sex workers who show cleavage in tight outfits. Frank and Eva kiss passionately, though the act is mostly covered up by her long hair. Frank is massaged by a woman naked from the waist up. Much profanity, including nearly uses of "f--k" some with "mother" , as well as plenty of uses of "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "hell.
Pervasive drugs opium, heroin, pills, marijuana, cocaine and drinking. Nixon appears on TV, denouncing "drug abuse. Frequent cigarette and cigar smoking reflecting the s setting. Images of heroin transportation by sacks and bricks , production, and use; needles shown on tables and in arms a bloody needle in one shot ; cocaine and heroin snorting. Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true story drama about a brutal s gangster isn't for kids.
He commits extremely violent acts, which are depicted explicitly often with guns and accompanied by blood, wounds, and groaning. And since the plot focuses on heroin smuggling and dealing, there are many shots of junkies and drug use including needles in arms, cocaine being snorted, and more.
Sexual content includes scenes with prostitutes, kissing, bare breasts, and cleavage, and there's plenty of language, including almost uses of "f--k. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus.
Join now. Add your rating See all 14 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 21 kid reviews. Frank and Richie's relationship is complicated throughout the film; they're opposite but also linked. But while Frank surrounds himself with devoted family members, Richie is alone, rejected by his wife Carla Gugino and his fellow cops, who call him out as a "boy scout. Richie's path is less sensational, more movie-style earnest. He and his hardworking undercover crew discover Frank's business precisely because Richie isn't as racist as his superiors, who don't believe that a black man could outscore the Italian mafia at their own game.
The problem at the center of Ridley Scott 's film is that as much as the movie loves Frank's intelligence and charisma, it must also condemn his brutality and criminality. The movie's solution is typical: It pits Frank against worse villains and puts him on a parallel track with a familiar hero. Still, as the film scrambles to its end the last half hour moves very quickly , the two develop a mutual respect. In part, this is a function of Richie's liberal bent.
He'll not only arrest a black man, he'll also work with him And so they share a sort of moral code after all, premised on their recognition of racial equality. As corny as this relationship may be, it returns again to the movie's central problem: It loves Frank and has to hate him. Families can talk about whether the movie glamorizes criminal behavior. How is Frank both villainous and attractive?
How does the film compare and contrast him to Richie, who's upright on the job but not a good husband? Families can also discuss the fact that the movie is based on a true story. How accurate do you think it is? Why do filmmakers sometimes tweak the facts when they're making biopics or movies based on actual events? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Wondering if American Gangster is OK for your kid? Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by Banana wannna September 28, Good but very violent crime drama This is a movie worth wacthing but contains stron violence and very hard drug use plus stron laungage.
Best for adults only. Report this review. Adult Written by lemonlover July 19, Graphic violence and sexual activity along with drugs and language make the film unsuitable for any kids. Very graphic film. Explicit sex is in this film, along with the drug market. Teen, 15 years old Written by Grizzles June 30, Worth a watch, definitely drug-fuelled and not for the faint-hearted.
Typical gangster activities such as hard drug use, references and dealing. Gang violence involving guns, one where a man has petrol poured over him and is lit o