American Animals

Nobody wants to be ordinary.


American Animals
This film is based on true events, and set in Lexington, Kentucky, during 2004. Two young men dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. One is given a tour of his school’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to the other. Suddenly, it hits them... they could pull off one of the most audacious art thefts in recent history, from the university’s special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes all-consuming.

117 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence, Drug abuse).
Crime, Drama, On the art circuit.

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Just harmless old men...
Just harmless old men...

Credits

Cast
Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Ann Dowd, Jared Abrahamson, Ude Kier, Drew Starkey, Lara Grice
Director
Bart Layton
ScreenplayBart Layton
MusicAnne Nikitin
CinematographyOle Bratt Birkeland
EditingNick Fenton, Chris Gill, Julian Hart
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2018
Produced byFilm4, New Amsterdam Film Company, RAW

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreCrime thriller
LanguageStong impact, frequent crude language used to demean, in anger and in general conversation.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceModerate impact, infrequent violence without blood-letting is present. It includes shocking and tying up of an innocent, aged woman while she is screaming and crying. The scene is upsetting and disturbing.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsContains scenes of Criminal Techniques.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language throughout, some drug use and brief crude/sexual material
Runtime116
USA version release is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.


CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
15 +
Positive messages
2
Positive role models
0
Violence
3
Sex
2
Language
4
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Mpho Rantao quote iconTrue story about a bizarre heist.
15
Cape Times
Michael O'Sullivan quote iconA complex real-life crime drama.
10
24.com
Ilan Preskovsky quote iconI had no expectations of the film going in but it's easily one of my favourites of the year so far. It will presumably only have a small theatrical release but it's a film you really don't want to miss.
20
Metacritic.com
35 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
93 critics
15
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAmerican Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.
17
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
15
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconSmart, energetic tale of attempted heist; cursing, violence.
15

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
15 users
17
Rottentomatoes users
612 users
18
IMDB
1149 Netizens
15

Average .. 77%

15

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