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American Woman | 2019 | R | – 5.5.9

content-ratingsWhy is “American Woman” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language, sexual content and brief drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of implied sex scenes, many cleavage and leg revealing outfits, and references to teen pregnancy, abortion and infidelity; scenes of abuse with punches landing and a bloody gash, a drunk driving accident, many scenes of family members arguing bitterly, discussions of kidnapping and murder cases, and the death of a family pet; and over 40 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


The disappearance of a woman’s (Sienna Miller) teenage daughter (Sky Ferreira) leaves her to care for her young grandson while trying to cope with not knowing what happened to her and longing for some semblance of stability. Also with Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Amy Madigan, Alex Neustaedter, Will Sasso and Pat Healy. Directed by Jake Scott. [Running Time: 1:51]

American Woman SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A married man is having an affair with a woman and we see them in a hotel room: she puts on skimpy underwear (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back and legs to the hips) and starts to do a dance for him (the scene ends and sex is implied). A man and woman dance closely together and kiss passionately; we see them lying in bed together later with bare shoulders and backs (sex is implied). A man and a woman hug in a car and she rubs his crotch until he tells her to stop.
 A married man climbs a flight of stairs, onto a balcony and kisses a woman passionately as his wife watches from a car nearby. A woman pushes her husband’s head under her wedding gown toward her legs as he reaches under it to pull off her garter (jokingly, while other people watch and laugh). A man tells a teen boy how to dance at a high school dance and the man demonstrates by thrusting against his wife.
 A man flirts with a woman and asks her for a date; she agrees. People talk about a woman “running with a married man.” A teen boy tells a man that he has a girlfriend and that they “made out” at a school dance. A married man confesses to having an affair with another woman for 6 months, after his wife confronts him. A woman teases another woman about whether she had seen another man’s genitals before her husband’s. A teen girl complains about her weight after having a baby and her mother talks to her about how long it took her to lose weight after having her. A woman complains about her toddler grandson playing in her underwear drawer (we see underwear strewn on the floor). A woman opens a gift at a bridal shower and we see that it is a sex aid, and she seems embarrassed. A teen boy makes a sexually suggestive reference and a gesture to a woman. A woman talks about sleeping twice with a teen boy when she was 16 and getting pregnant. A man talks about being in a band and collecting women’s underwear after each concert. A man talks about selecting women from the audience of his concerts to invite them onstage to dance with him.
 A woman wears a sheer T-shirt that reveals cleavage, the outline of breasts and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman’s shirt lifts to reveal her bare abdomen and back in a few scenes. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare backs in many scenes. A woman wears several dresses and shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs in many scenes throughout the movie. A woman wears a short skin tight dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wearing short-shorts walks on a dark road and we see her bare legs to the upper thighs and her bra is partially visible through a loose weave sweater. A woman wears a short nightgown that reveals her bare legs to the thighs and cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut sweater that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a T-shirt that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a dress that reveals cleavage end bare back. A woman sits in a bathtub and we see her bare shoulders and upper chest. A woman wears a racerback T-shirt that reveals her bare shoulders and back.


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American Woman VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man grabs a woman’s arm while they argue, he says that no one at the table will eat until he says so and she shoves a handful of eggs in her mouth, and he then shoves a plate of eggs in her face and she chokes; she punches him in the face and he slaps her, a young boy at the table is knocked off his chair and onto the floor (no injuries seen), she falls to the floor and he pours a pan of eggs on her head, she shoves him to the floor and when he gets up she hits him in the head with the pan (we see blood on his head). A man slams a woman’s head against a car window and she holds her head (no blood is visible) after he saw her laughing with another man; a young boy in the back seat watches the confrontation. A man throws another man out the front door of a house.
 A woman drives her car while drunk and swerves on the road; she gets back on the road still drunk later and crashes into a tree (we see her walking on a dark road with a bloody cut on her head). A woman speeds in a car to a house that she barges into and confronts a teenage boy about his being with her daughter the night before (please see the Substance Use category for more details).
 We hear that a man was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of a young woman and that he confessed to having killed three more young women. A woman barges into a man’s house and begins preparing food on his stove until he enters carrying a baseball bat and tells her to leave; she throws things on the floor breaking them and the man’s wife enters and tells her to leave the house. A woman confronts the wife of an accused murderer to let her speak to the man. A woman smacks another woman on the back of the head after an argument. Two teen boys lift a woman up and throw her in a lake as she protests.
 Two women argue in several scenes throughout the movie. A woman and a man argue in several scenes. A woman and her mother argue in many scenes throughout the movie. We hear that a teen girl and her boyfriend had a fight. A man argues with a young boy about playing video games and takes a portable system away from him. A teen girl talks about another teen leaving her house after midnight and walking home. A woman calls her teen daughter many times and leaves her messages when she does not return home. While filing a missing person’s report, a woman says that her teen daughter’s boyfriend had been violent with her and that he hit her. A woman goes to a prison to speak to a man (we do not hear their conversation). Many people gather to perform a search for a missing teen girl and we see “Missing” signs being posted. A woman talks about her teen daughter having been missing for 5 years. A young man tells a woman that she really messed up his life after she accused him of harming her daughter. A man talks about another man pouring a beer over his head. A woman advises staff at a nursing home to go on strike and they do. A young boy tells his grandmother that she is suffocating him. We hear that a woman had a stroke.
 We see a crime scene with evidence tags and flags around it and a woman falls to her knees and cries. A woman finds a pet rabbit dead in a hutch and we see a patch of ground with a ring of stones around it where the animal is buried as a young boy stands over it. A young man sets off fireworks as a young boy approaches him.
 A young boy wipes a man’s toothbrush around inside the bowl of a toilet and we see the man brushing his teeth with it later. A woman finds several cigarette butts with lipstick on them in the garbage.


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American Woman LANGUAGE 9

 – About 43 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 13 sexual references, 30 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (fate, weird, idiot, goof ball, too old, leper, crazy, trash, dirty skank, whores, stupid, trouble maker, hypocrite, fraud), exclamations (jeez, I swear), 15 religious profanities (GD), 21 religious exclamations (For Christ’s Sake, Christ, Oh God No, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Oh My [F-word deleted] God, My God, Oh My God, God Forbid, Oh God, I Swear To God). | profanity glossary |


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American Woman SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teenage boy is shown smoking marijuana from a bong. A woman drinks a beer at home, a teen girl talks about having a few drinks with her friend at her house, a woman drinks several glasses of wine before driving (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man and woman drinks bottles of beer in her home, people drink beer and wine at a bar, people drink wine and beer at a restaurant, people drink beer and wine at a reception, a young boy drinks a glass of champagne or wine at a party, and a man drinks a beer in his home. A woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie in her home and in her car and outside, a woman finds several cigarette butts with lipstick on them in the garbage, and a young man smokes and offers one to a woman who says that she quit.


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American Woman DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Teen pregnancy, abortion, depression, kidnapping, single parenting, abortion, independence, spousal abuse, murder, infidelity, marriage, commitment, estranged fathers, forgiveness.

American Woman MESSAGE

 – Life is random and unpleasant for some people.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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