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Richard Jewell | 2019 | R | – 3.5.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Richard Jewell” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language including some sexual references, and brief bloody images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene and a kissing scene, and several cleavage revealing outfits; a bombing that leaves many people with bloody wounds and we hear that two people died (one dies on screen), and suspect interrogations; and nearly 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Based on events from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia: A Centennial Olympic Park security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) is suspected of setting a bomb that exploded in a crowded square and is vilified in the local press as a domestic terrorist. A subsequent investigation revealed that he was not responsible and was just doing his job and actually saved many people. Also with Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Mike Pniewski, Jon Hamm, Ian Gomez, Nina Arianda and Kathy Bates. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [Running Time: 2:09]

Richard Jewell SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A woman in a bar tries to seduce a man to get information from him; she moves close to him and massages his thigh, he whispers in her ear and she asks him where he wants have sex, asking, “Should we get a room, or just go to my car”; they then leave the bar and sex is implied. A man and a woman touch noses and kiss tenderly. A woman threatens to have a breast augmentation and adjusts her breasts while asking a man about what size she should choose (we see cleavage in her low-cut top). A woman hugs two men.
 A poster of a woman wearing a bikini is shown in the background of a scene (we see cleavage, bare abdomen and upper thighs at the hips). People in a crowd dance the Macarena with hip wiggling and some of the women wear shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs and low-cut tops that show cleavage. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A man grabs his crotch as a threat to another man.
 A woman becomes upset when officials take away personal items and she talks about them touching her “under things.” References are made to a man having a gay lover.


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Richard Jewell VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – Security and police attempt to clear a crowded area when they realize there is a bomb on the premises; the bomb explodes, people are thrown and we see that it has sprayed nails into the air causing many people to be wounded and two are killed (we see bloody wounds and blood on the ground); one woman pulls herself along the ground (we see a smear of blood) before she dies. A man has a nightmare and imagines himself putting his body on a backpack with explosives that then explodes; we see a blast and he wakes up yelling.
 An explosives expert unfastens a suspicious backpack and finds three pipe bombs inside: he calls for a bomb squad to come to the site and tells people to get a crowd at least 100 yards away. A security guard sees who he thinks looks suspicious and follows him through a crowd to a fence where he passes cans of beer to men on the other side of the fence. A security guard in a dorm pushes his way into a room and threatens two young men for having beer in their room; he seems to shove one of the young men back into a chair. A security guard raises the alarm when he finds an unattended backpack under a bench in a crowded park area and bomb experts determine that the backpack contains three pipe bombs. Officials enter a man’s apartment and search through his belongings and his mother’s; they look through the trash and take away many boxes filled with items for examination. A man slams a cookie jar and breaks it in anger. Fireworks explode in the air over a major city. A man plays a video game using a handgun shaped controller.
 A man grabs his crotch as a threat to another man. A man yells at his mother and she cries. A man yells at a woman and tells her that she ruined another man’s life. A man calls in to police dispatch and says, “There’s a bomb in Centennial Park; you have 30 minutes.” A lawyer yells at FBI agents in several scenes for intimidating his client and violating his civil rights. A lawyer yells at a US senator over the telephone threatening him with legal action. A man is reprimanded and released from his position as a security guard for his strong-arm tactics in a dorm and on a university campus. A woman yells about her job (as an investigative reporter) being boring. We hear that a man lost his job as a deputy sheriff. Police officers complain about ineffective traffic coordination during the Olympics in Atlanta. A man on a telephone call to police dispatch says, “You defy the order of the militia.” A man talks about a bomber and says, “I think they ought to fry.” A poster on an office wall reads, “I fear government more than I fear terrorism.” A man talks about bomb making techniques. Press members crush around people in several scenes and stake out a person’s home. A woman hides in the back of a man’s car and he slams on the brakes when she sits up and asks him a question; he yells at her to get out of the car and she eventually does. A man asks another man, “Were you arrested for impersonating an officer?” A man asks another man, “Do you have any guns?” and the man replies, “This is Georgia” and we see a large number of guns and ammunition laid out on his bed and ATF officers box them up and take them away. A man says, “I haven’t paid my taxes in a couple of years.” A man tells another man, “Everyone wants to fry you.” A man is told to say something into a phone for a voice exemplar and he repeats, “There’s a bomb in Centennial Park; you have 30 minutes.” We read that a man died of heart failure at the age of 44. People examine a hand grenade and a man says that it was a hollowed out paperweight. A man says that he kept a splintered piece of a park bench from a park where there was a bombing as a memento. A man talks about having made small pipe bombs when he was a kid and that he would throw them down gopher holes. People discover that a home has been tapped. A man takes a lie detector test.
 A man holds his chest and moans in a few scenes (like he’s having a heart attack). A man lies on a bed and complains of stomach pain; he says that he was in the bathroom all morning. A man talks about having “the runs.” A man tweezes several hairs from a man’s head for samples.


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Richard Jewell LANGUAGE 7

 – About 29 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 3 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (rude, hotshot, monster, dumb, rent-a-cop, curly cue, false hero, inappropriate, troubling, “Radar,” hot sauce, blimp, Pillsbury Dough Boy, dummies, nut case, fat, wannabe, jackals, Bubba the Bomber, weird, horrible, ignorant, arrogant, parasite, sweetheart, lard [anatomical term deleted], lard and in charge, doormat, hot shot, insane, railroaded, crazy), exclamations (shut-up, simmer down there, what the…, sick of this, hey, slow down, are you kidding me, stop it, I mean business, heck yeah, oh my word, wo, oh joy, shoot, oh my goodness), 5 religious profanities (GD), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Oh My Lord, Dear God, My God, Jesus, Pray To God, Oh My God, Holy…, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh Lord, Oh Christ). | profanity glossary |


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Richard Jewell SUBSTANCE USE

 – Young men in a dorm room have beer bottles in their room, men open cans of beer at an entertainment venue and drink from the cans, several young men (could be underage) hold bottles of beer and act inebriated as a security guard tells them to leave an area, two men drink beers in a home, and people drink in a couple of bar scenes.


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Richard Jewell DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Terrorism, 1996 Atlanta Olympics’ bombing, press coverage, heroism, fame, fate, respecting authority, fringe organizations, NRA, KKK, the death penalty, coercion, civil rights, privacy, government agencies, profiling, attention seeking.

Richard Jewell MESSAGE

 – Power can turn a person into a monster.

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