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The King’s Daughter | 2022 | PG | – 2.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “The King’s Daughter” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some violence, suggestive material and thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and partial nudity in a female sea creature, a couple of gunshot wounds with some blood shown, the capture of a sea creature and separation from a young creature, a couple of fights with some bloody face wounds, a badly broken arm suffered from a fall off a horse, threats of violence, several arguments, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


King Louis XIV of France (Pierce Brosnan) becomes obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, and he commissions a search for a mermaid that possesses magical powers that will grant him immortality. However, when he brings his previously unrecognized daughter (Kaya Scodelario) to Versailles, she discovers his plan, and tries to derail it. Also with William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Bingbing Fan, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Ireland, Pablo Schreiber, Crystal Clarke and the voice of Julie Andrews. Directed by Sean McNamara. [Running Time: 1:30]

The King’s Daughter SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a young woman kiss romantically in a few scenes. A young woman kisses a man on the cheek. Two young women hug tenderly in friendship. Two men hug in friendship.
 A man speaks romantically to a young woman and she seems uncomfortable. A man confesses each morning to a priest that grants him forgiveness for the previous night’s dalliances. A man asks another man to accept his daughter’s hand in marriage and the second man accepts.
 A sea creature is shown covered with scales and we see the form of breasts with nipples visible in a few scenes. Many women wear low-cut and strapless dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs. A man’s shirt hangs open and reveals part of his bare chest. A statue of Cupid shows the child’s bare buttocks, chest and abdomen.

The King’s Daughter VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A young woman rides a horse and charges through trees chased by a man; she is startled by a gunshot and crashes into a tree limb, falling off the horse and breaking her arm (we see the arm badly bruised) and a doctor prescribes amputating the arm (he does not).
 A ship is thrown around in a storm at sea and the crew throws explosive barrels with nets overboard; when the explosives are detonated, two sea creatures are lifted onboard and they thrash and screech knocking men to the deck as one prepares to shoot one of them, but is stopped and one of the creatures is thrown back into the water (we understand that the creature was taken away from an infant creature). A young woman charges on a horse to a cliff over the ocean where she is approached by men on horses and they aim at a man and a sea creature in the ocean below; she dives off the cliff and we see her hit the water and she floats motionless until a sea creature swims fast around her and she revives.
 A man shoots a man seated on a horse and he falls off the horse; he is helped back into his mount and we see blood on his hand when he touches the bullet wound in his shoulder and he is bandaged later. A man shoots into water at a sea creature, then shoots at a man, they fight on a rope bridge and fall into water after the gun discharges (we see blood in the water); a man threatens a young woman and she hits him with a heavy chain twice (we see blood on his face), he pushes her down and she wraps a rope around his ankle that is attached to a water wheel that pulls him into water and we see him struggling to stay afloat. A man head-butts a guard to attract his attention away from the room he is guarding; the guard chases the man. A man is taken away by two guards and shoved into a cell. Several men shoot guns into the air aiming at birds (we do not see any struck). A sea creature is shown in an underwater crate and we hear moans and cries in a few scenes. A young woman yells and throws medical instruments around a room and overturns tables.
 An injured young woman is taken to a cave where she is swims in the water and a sea creature approaches her, swims around her emitting a bright light, and heals her broken arm. A young woman goes to a dark cave in several scenes and dives in water where a sea creature swims around her; the young woman tries to touch the creature’s face and she pulls away, the creature has the young woman hold onto her shoulders and they swim fast underwater (magically helping her breathe). A young woman slips and falls into a fountain as a man riding on horseback approaches and startles her; she is helped out of the water and is soaked.
 Two men argue and stand up in a threatening manner before they are stopped by another man. A young woman yells and protests being promised to a man that she does not love. A woman yells at a young woman and talks about having burned her beloved cello and other punishments for misbehavior. A man tells a young woman that she must make sacrifices and that she will obey him. A young woman accuses a man of murdering an intelligent being. A young woman asks a man, “Are you taking me to meet the king or God?” A man describes a sea creature as having lost the will to live. A man threatens to lock a man in a dark cell if he disappoints him. People stare at and whisper about a young woman in several scenes. A young woman says that a sea creature is not eating because she is being fed dead fish. A young woman is told that swimming is, “A crime against God.” A man says that he was accused of stealing. A priest tells a man that he will suffer eternal damnation. A priest tells a man that he will be committing a mortal sin. A man calls out to God and says, “Strike me down.” A man accuses a young woman of treating a sea creature as her pet.
 Several nuns wearing long habits wade into the ocean to persuade a young woman out of the water where she is swimming. We see a room where there are surgical tools laid out on a table and drawings of the anatomy of a sea creature. A man talks about the properties of an organ of a fabled sea creature in many scenes. We hear that a man had water redirected to create a place for a sea creature to live on the grounds of a lavish castle. A young woman puts garish makeup on another young woman and tells her that this is the way everyone does it but the second young woman says she looks like a clown.

The King’s Daughter LANGUAGE 1

 – 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (outlandish claims, boring, traumatized, insolence, rebellious, peculiar, clown, orphan, odd, fool, naïve, terrible man, selfish, self-centered, drastic, common girl, cynical, worthless commoner, nonsense, ridiculous), exclamations (hey, calm down), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. I serve God, a crime against God, God is with her, only God, God’s will, God willing, a priest tells a man that he will suffer eternal damnation, a man genuflects, a priest tells a man that he will be committing a mortal sin, many arguments about the soul). | profanity glossary |

The King’s Daughter SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men drink wine, and people drink champagne at a ball.

The King’s Daughter DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The lost city of Atlantis, greed, immortality, existence of the soul, discipline, trauma, sacrifice, secrets, fate, fables, gossip, self-respect, death in childbirth, fear of spiders, fable, healing powers, arranged marriage.

The King’s Daughter MESSAGE

 – Only love is immortal.

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