Warner Home Video
Reason for the Rating: Language and some violent images.
Plot Summary: A CIA operative hatches a crazy plan to remove six hostages from Iran during the
Iranian hostage crisis...
PopFam Recommends: Argo is suspenseful movie that will open conversation about current events for you and your teens.
If you are over the age of 40, you will well remember the Iranian Hostage Crisis way back in 1980-81. Who could forget that? What you might not remember, is the daring rescue of six American’s who had taken refuge at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence. If you do remember, you might be surprised to learn of the role the CIA played in their escape.
When the Iranian students took over the American Embassy in Tehran, six people were amazingly able to escape to the streets and make it to the residence of the Canadian Ambassador,
Ken Taylor (Victor Garber) where they stayed for 79 days. Unable to leave the country, yet putting the Canadian ambassador’s life at risk, the six were in a perilous situation. Enter Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA operative who specializes in “getting people out.” Working with Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), they come up with a fake movie called “Argo” which will give Mendez a reason to enter Iran and make contact with the Americans. He’ll not only meet them, but give them fake passports and identities as his film crew, a cover by which to help them escape Iran. A dangerous and crazy story that depends on everything going right in a unstable situation.
Kind of like directing and starring in this movie. Can we all just agree that Ben Affleck isn’t just talented, but he’s pretty amazing director? Let’s face it, having now three movies that have all been wildly talked about (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo), he is a director who pays attention to detail in the plot, as well as costuming, cinematography, casting...everything. Not only does some of the footage look real, but the costuming will take you back! The end of the 70’s and beginning of the 80’s was such a great time for fashion, I must say!
If you want to have an interesting conversation with your older children about current events and their history, this would be an excellent movie to see together. Not only does it touch on the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, but the political and economic history of the US with the Middle East. Parents should be aware that there is a lot of smoking (no smoking bans in the 80’s) and a few times where harsh language is used.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• How has our culture changed since 1980? What differences did you note? What has remained the same?
• In the movie, the six Americans must trust a man they have only just met. If you had to take a huge risk, who would you want by your side?
• What is your favorite Bible verse? How does this help you trust God during difficult times?
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