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Crime Story | 2021 | R | – 5.5.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Crime Story” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, language and some sexual content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a scene with a pornographic video, a kiss, a few people are shot and bloody wounds are shown, a child is struck by a bus and is seriously injured, many arguments, and 10 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


An ailing, retired crime boss (Richard Dreyfuss) needs to find the people that robbed him and thus deliver their comeuppance, with or without the help of his daughter (Mira Sorvino), who is ironically a police detective. Also with Pruitt Taylor Vince, Cress Williams, Derek Russo, Andrea Frankle, Haviland Stillwell, Joanna Walchuk and Ray Iannicelli. Directed by Adam Lipsius. [Running Time: 1:38]

Crime Story SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A man goes to another man’s house and we hear sexual moaning coming from inside; the man bursts into the house and we see a man inside masturbating and watching a pornographic movie on a TV (we see a woman and a man briefly on the screen with bare backs and shoulders visible, having sex and we hear moaning). A husband and his wife kiss tenderly. A woman hugs a man.
 We hear that a political official had an illicit affair and the woman became pregnant.
 A husband bathes his wife after she urinates on the floor (we see her bare back and buttocks). A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.

Crime Story VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – Two men wrestle over a gun and it discharges (one of the men is shot in the abdomen and falls to the floor dead, with some blood visible). A man wraps a cord around another man’s throat while he is driving, the car crashes through a fence and we hear a crack when the man’s neck breaks. A man is shot in the abdomen and another man is also shot in the abdomen (we see some blood on the wounds). A boy runs into a street where he is struck by a bus (we see him thrown and then unconscious on the ground with blood in his mouth); we later see the boy in the hospital on life support as doctors talk about his prognosis not being promising.
 A man slams another man in the back of the head with a crowbar, he pushes him onto a car and presses the hood down on his arm (we hear a crack) as the man screams; the man then breaks a couple of the man’s fingers and we hear cracking. A man punches a woman in the face, she falls to the floor and he hits her again; she then points a gun at him.
 A man with a gun drawn enters his house and sees furniture and items strewn around, he calls for his wife and sees that a wall safe is open and empty; the man yells at his wife and she locks herself in the bathroom where he shoots a gun through the door (she is not struck). A man watches a video of a robbery and sees the robbers taking his wife’s wedding band. People inside a church during a political really chant and hold up signs to protest a candidate; people shove each other and a man is pushed or thrown and falls on a woman causing police to order everyone out of the building, as explosions sound outside and people run and scream.
 A man takes a gun out from the back of a television set and puts it in a holster. A man prepares explosives that he says will just make noise. A woman knocks on a man’s door and runs away when he answers, wearing a gun in a holster.
 We hear a man coughing and moaning as EMTs try to help him with a gunshot wound in his abdomen (we see blood). A woman is shown in a hospital bed in a few scenes and we understand that she is dying. A man tells a woman that his father drank and that he fell into a vat of pet food and died. A woman says that an infection has spread from another woman’s bones to her heart. A husband becomes upset when he sees his wife in a nursing home.
 A man yells at another man in several scenes and calls him names. A man pounds a phone receiver on a phone booth in frustration. A man says, “We die alone.” A man says of his wife, “She left me without going anywhere,” implying dementia. A woman talks about her sister being put in hospice. A man says, “I have Leukemia.” A woman is upset with another woman when she visits her in the hospital and says, “You took my boys from me.” A man tells another man, “I owe you my life.” A woman talks about her father leaving when she was 4 years old. A man says, “I’m dying.” A man talks about his service in Kuwait and Iraq, trying to convince constituents that he is not a racist.
 A woman urinates on the floor and cries (we see a puddle of urine between her feet).

Crime Story LANGUAGE 6

 – About 10 F-words and its derivatives, 7 scatological terms, 8 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Hispanic people, name-calling (idiot, Mr. Fixit, crazy old dude, poor, stupid, delusional, dumbest person alive, felon, old man, weird, spooky, sweetie, freeloaders, illegals, honey, disgrace), exclamations (shush, screw up, relax, shut-up), 4 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, God, Jesus, Oh My God, Thank God, God Is With Them). | profanity glossary |

Crime Story SUBSTANCE USE

 – There are a few references to a woman having been a heroin addict and she is now dying from the long-term effects, and a remark about a woman “shooting it up her arm.” A man talks about his father having been a drinker, and people drink in a couple of bar scenes. A man smokes in another man’s car until he tells him to extinguish it.

Crime Story DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Forgiveness, choices, fatal illness, political candidates, corruption, regret, secrets, expungement of criminal records, good and evil.

Crime Story MESSAGE

 – Mistakes and lies are sometimes hard to unravel without hurting others.

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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