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The King's Speech | 2010 | R | - 1.1.6

When King George V of England died and his eldest son (Guy Pearce) abdicated, the duty fell to Prince Albert (Colin Firth) to become king George VI. He was not prepared for the responsibility since he had suffered from a speech impediment that caused him to stammer and was thus unable to successfully give speeches. After numerous attempts at therapy, he ended up with an unlicensed specialist (Geoffrey Rush) who was convinced he could help him. Also with Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle and Sir Derek Jacobi. Directed by Tom Hooper. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man talks about his adult son having sex with married women. A man says, "I have never had immoral relations." A man talks about himself and his brother "chasing the same girl." A man makes a remark about "fooling around with a mistress."
 A woman wears a halter-top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man is shown dead after an illness, another man closes his eyes and other people grieve in the room.
 Two men argue in several scenes and one argument ends with one man storming out. A man stammers while trying to read a speech and another man yells at him. A man puts 7 marbles in his mouth and tries to speak, his face turns red and he storms out of the room. Two men and a woman have arguments about the etiquette required for royalty.
 A man stands before many people in a stadium and struggles to speak into a microphone; he stammers and cannot get the words out. A young boy stammers while welcoming a man and a woman.
 We hear an announcement that England is at war. A man talks about his nanny hating him when he was a young boy and that she would not feed him. We hear that a boy died at the age of 13. During speech therapy sessions a man frequently employs the use of obscene language to replace pauses when he would normally stammer instead. A man talks about having to wear metal braces on his legs because he was knock-kneed and the treatment was very painful. A man talks about having to write with his right hand even though he is left handed.
 A man is very ill and appears confused and afraid. We hear air raid sirens blaring and people line up at shelters.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 12 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 12 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, exclamations (bloody), name-calling (coward, egg-head, peculiar, buggars, mad, bravery), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at a party, two men smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, a man talks about his father being a brewer and that they always had free beer, and two men drink alcohol. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie and another man encourages him to do so since he says it will relax his throat, while in a different scene another man tells him that smoking will kill him, and a man tries to light a cigarette and another man takes it out of his mouth.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Speech impediments, the advent of radio, royalty, royal ceremonies, death of a father, death of a king, fear, trust, friendship, love, the Church of England, speech therapy, divorce, infidelity, left-handedness, epilepsy, pneumonia, rights, privilege, appreciation, Pandora's Box, Hitler, world war.

MESSAGE - A lot of hard work can get you through some of the most difficult obstacles.

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