I am usually pretty strict in following the movie ratings for my kids. There were some that I let them watch even when they were somewhat under the recommended age (under 13 for PG-13 etc) if I had checked them out previously. However, the only R rated movie I let them see unedited was The King's Speech, as I had already seen it and knew the R rating was for the one swearing scene, which I did not think was a big seal and fit well within the context of the film. Argo is playing locally tonight and my husband is interested in seeing it. I have already seen it and thought it was terrific. Would you let your 12 year old go? There was lots of bad language, and a few intense scenes, but I don't remember any real gore.