Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The King's Speech (2010)

The King's Speech is a delightful movie. All of the acting is exceptional. It's a great story about tackling and overcoming an obstacle, but not in a fantastic or unrealistic way. Also, I love the relationship between the soon-to-be king and his wife. Apparently, it's fairly true to life, too. I loved it. Highly recommended.

To my mom and anyone else who wonders: Yes, this movie is rated R. It carries that rating because of a certain word that begins with "f" that gets repeated many times, mostly in one scene that is integral to the story. Otherwise, it is very much PG. And, for what it's worth, that word doesn't sound nearly so bad when it's being said with a royal British accent.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for setting that straight. So many people I've talked to said it couldn't possibly be R. But it is. I was right.

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  2. Well, I think they made a somewhat edited version after the movie left theaters, so I think there are two versions of it, although I don't know how easy it is to get hold of the edited version. It really is a great movie, Mom. The R-rated word is used in the king's speech therapy as a way for him to overcome his stutter, when they discover that he doesn't stutter when he's angry. His speech therapist has him try swearing. Even if you never see the movie, King George VI's story is pretty fascinating. There's a recording of his actual speech where he announces the start of World War II--his pauses make the speech sound grand and momentous, but he was just trying not to stutter, apparently. And Colin Firth does a very good job imitating the real speech. The relationship between King George and his wife is really beautiful. The relationship between the king and his unconventional therapist is pretty good, too. It's a great story.

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