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A United Kingdom [2016] [PG-13] - 3.3.2



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Based on a true story from 1947: an African prince (David Oyelowo) struggles to move his people away from the rule of monarchs and toward democracy while also fighting the British and their control over his marriage to a white woman (Rosamund Pike). Also with Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto and Jessica Oyelowo. Directed by Amma Asante. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Setswana with English subtitles. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A husband and his wife kiss, we see the man shirtless (bare shoulders, chest and side are shown) and the woman is wearing a full slip with spaghetti straps that the man slips off her shoulder and kisses her upper chest (sex is implied and we see them in bed sleeping later). A husband is shown shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen) in bed with his wife (we see her bare shoulders and sex is implied).
 Several women are shown nursing their infants and their bare upper breasts are shown (no nipples are evident). Two shirtless men box. A woman's top lifts slightly to reveal a part of her bare abdomen. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her bare upper chest.
 A man proposes marriage to a woman and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss after being married. A husband and his wife kiss in several scenes. Men and women dance together in several scenes with music and dancing. A man and a woman look at each other with interest from across a room. A woman runs into a man's arms and they hug.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Three men insult a man and a woman on a street and they fight with some punches landing; the woman is struck in the face and we see her bloody nose.
 Several guards strike men with sticks at a gathering when they throw stones and yell at a man. Men in a gathering throw stones at a man making an announcement; he is rushed away unharmed. A boxing match shows two men fighting with several heavy blows landing; one man head-butts the other and he falls to the mat with a bloody eyebrow.
 A man is told that he will be exiled from his country for 5 years. A crude drawing depicting a man hanging from gallows is pinned to a door labeled with a derogatory term for Africans. A man yells at his adult daughter about marrying "a black," and tells her, "You disgust me." A woman yells at two other women and tells them to leave. Two women confront another woman about her marrying a man and thinking that she can be the queen of their people. A man yells and throws things off a desktop. A woman describes signs posted in England that read, "No Blacks, No Irish. No dogs." A man yells at a woman. A man and a woman are threatened by government officials about marrying. A man talks about his mother and father having died when he was 3 years old. A man makes remarks about Indians being subjects of the British. A woman talks about being evacuated from the city during a war. People discuss the separation of races and Apartheid in Africa. Several people tell a man that he must divorce his wife or there will be consequences. People discuss paying high taxes and seeing nothing in return. We read several newspaper headlines about trouble in Africa over an African man marrying a white woman, unrest in an African country and difficulties between an African country and England.
 A woman moans and pushes during labor. A woman has contractions while driving and must stop until they pass. We see and hear about people suffering from malaria and malnutrition; we hear that animals are dying from thirst. A woman stumbles and collapses in a road; we see her in the hospital and we hear that she has diphtheria and that she is pregnant. A movie shows a man screaming and falling back into water (he has blood trickling from his mouth).

PROFANITY 2 - 2 sexual references, 2 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory terms for Africans, name-calling (scum, cheap, bastard, savage, ungrateful, abomination, fool), exclamations (have you no shame), 2 religious exclamations (What In God's Name, What The Devil). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several people hold beverages that could be alcoholic in a few dance scenes, a man and a woman drink glasses of gin and dance alone in a room, a man drinks from a glass of what could be whiskey and says that there is a rule that no alcohol is to be served to "Blacks," a man seated at a bar is shown smoking a cigarette with a snifter of brandy in front of him, and two men drink whiskey. A man smokes cigarettes in an office in a few scenes, and a man smokes on a porch in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Apartheid, racism, British colonialism, imperialists, missionaries, equality, unity, politics, divide and rule, Winston Churchill, direct rule, inclusion, democracy, independence, tradition, annexation, exile, divorce, greed, diamond mining, gold mining.

MESSAGE - No man is free who is not the master of himself.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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