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The Princess | 2022 | R | – 3.7.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Princess” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong/bloody violence and some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an interrupted sexual assault, a passionate kissing scene, discussions of arranged marriages, many fighting sequences with swords, crossbows, bows and arrows, a whip and knives leading to deaths and injuries with a lot of blood shown, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a strong-willed princess (Joey King) with excellent martial arts skills refuses to marry a ruthless nobleman (Dominic Cooper), he locks her in a tower and takes over her father’s kingdom. Not ready to accept her fate and gender role, she fights fiercely floor-by-floor to save her family and throne. Also with Veronica Ngo, Olga Kurylenko, Katelyn Rose Downey, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard and Kristofer Kamiyasu. Directed by Le-Van Kiet. [Running Time: 1:34]

The Princess SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman kiss passionately (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man grabs a young girl and forces her to kneel on an altar, to be married to him. A young woman is shown on an altar with a man during a marriage ceremony where she declines to follow through and runs away. A man touches a young woman’s face tenderly (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man wearing an iron helmet and an animal skin around his waist (we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs to the hips) enters a room and urinates in a hole (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage throughout the movie. A young woman tears off pieces of her dress in a few scenes and we see more of her bare legs (to the mid-thighs) and bare arms to the shoulders. A young woman wears a low-cut bodice that reveals cleavage.

The Princess VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – Two armed men enter a room where a young woman sleeps, one man leans over the bed as they talk about her being “All pure for the wedding,” and one man threatens the other man saying, “If you wake her up I’m going to break your face”; the young woman wakes up and head-butts the man, she stands up and dislocates her own thumb with a scream and removes her handcuffs to fight both men: she swings the chain attached to the handcuffs and hits one man in the face (blood sprays), she stabs one man in the eye with a hairpin and we see blood, she slams the man against a beam and he falls dead with a very bloody eye, and the young woman fights the other man stabbing him in the leg, kicking him in the crotch and pushing him through a window (the window shatters and he falls a long distance into water below; we see him bruised and dead later). Three men swing on ropes and surround a young woman that fights them with her sword: she is slashed on the arm and we see blood, she slashes the men and we see bloody wounds, many more men rush up a flight of stairs toward her and she throws pearls on the ground causing them to slip and fall in a pile, fights with one man and lashes him on the leg (we see blood), and pushes him over a balcony where he dangles from a rope wrapped around his ankle (we hear a loud crack when he reaches the end of the rope, he yells about his leg and the rope is later cut dropping him to the ground below).
 A young woman swings a sword toward a man cutting his head off (we see blood on the neck wound and his head separates from his body and falls to the ground with blood and tissue visible at the neck). A young woman fights many men with her sword, she stabs one man in the abdomen, he grabs her around the throat and she stabs him up through the chin and out the top of the head (we see blood gush). A young woman fights many men using two swords: she is slashed on the side (she yells and we see blood), she charges toward a man standing at a balcony’s edge, pushes him through the railing and falls with him to the ground below (he breaks her fall). A woman and a young woman fight many armed people and we see slashing with swords, shooting arrows and stabbing with knives (blood is visible). A young woman throws a sword and stabs a man in the chest. A young woman wraps a whip around a woman’s throat and lifts her off the ground, where she hangs by the throat and is then dropped to the ground, dead. A man stabs a young woman in the leg and she stumbles, and he throws her to the ground and threatens her in front of a crowd of onlookers. A young woman fights with three men and knocks them all out before freeing three people from a cell; they leave the area and are confronted by guards that knock the young woman unconscious.
 A man belittles a woman and she flings a whip at him, it wraps around his neck and a blade at the end stabs him in the throat (he gasps and blood pours from the wound); she recoils the whip and the man falls dead. A woman and a young woman fight another woman and she wraps a whip around the throat of the young woman and pulls her off the ground (she dangles and thrashes gasping), the other woman frees the young woman and sets a wall of flames that separate them from the woman with the whip and the young woman gets away by swimming through a sewer drain. A young woman fights with a man and a woman and the young woman is thrown through a window shattering it and falls into water below where she sinks, unconscious (she revives, cuts the rope on her wrists and swims to the surface gasping). Three men surround a woman, push her against a wall, and we hear them tearing her clothing and making suggestive remarks to her as she whimpers and cowers; another woman hits a man in the face with a heavy pan and knocks him out, and the woman and a young woman fight the others with swords and one man throws food and kitchen items at them until one man is stabbed in the abdomen and another is slashed and then run through. A young woman hides from people searching for her through a tower in several scenes: in one scene, she fights with a large man wearing an iron helmet, she climbs on his shoulders and pounds on the helmet dizzying him, then pulls the helmet off his head and uses a horn on it to stab him in the back (we see blood splatter on the helmet and on his back and he collapses to the floor); the young woman stabs a man in the shoulder with what looks like a broomstick (he yells and we see blood), she fights with another man and then shoots the first man with a crossbow; she shoots an arrow above the other man’s head as he yells and calls her names and then she shoots him in the neck (blood pours from the wound). A young woman pulls herself between the legs of a suit of armor and is surprised when a sword stabs down on the floor pinning part of her dress; she fights the man in the armor and stabs him under the arms and in the groin (we see blood) as he slices the head off a dress form and breaks a table with his sword; the young woman throws oil on the armor and then a candle that sets the armor ablaze and the man screams, flails and crashes to the floor.
 A man enters a room where a young woman (she has blood on her face and neck) is being held and she swings a large, heavy hammer hitting him hard in the chest and knocking him out. A man is slashed across the abdomen and stumbles away with blood on his clothing. A woman is stabbed in the side and she moans, falls to the floor and we see blood. A young girl pushes a suit of armor with a hammer weapon over onto a man about to attack a young woman; the attacker is struck in the head by the hammer and falls to the floor. A man and a woman kiss passionately and moan as a young woman in a secret passage pushes her sword through the wall as the man’s head moves toward the blade (they are interrupted by someone knocking at the door). A young woman dangles out of a window near the top of a tower when she fears being discovered by an armed man; she pulls herself back inside after he finally leaves. A young woman jumps out a window and swings from a long banner before jumping through another window and crashing on the floor where she moans and stumbles (we see blood dripping from a previous wound). A man touches a young woman’s face tenderly and she snaps at him and bites his hand.
 Many armed men attack people and we hear slashing and yelling and see commotion (not much blood is evident). We see a room filled with many types of weapons and a woman and a young woman arm themselves.
 A young woman sleeps in a bed with handcuffs on her wrists and she flashes back to fighting with guards that eventually drag her and lock her in a tower room, handcuffed. A training sequence shows a woman and a young woman sparring with swords; a man joins against the young woman and she fights them both, the man throws her and she loses her sword, but she flips the man and he concedes.
 Several people, including children, are shown bound and on their knees in front of a man and surrounded by armed guards in a few scenes. A young girl spits in a man’s face and when another man behind her tries to defend her from the first man a woman throws a whip that wraps around his neck and holds him. A young woman is shown on an altar with a man during a marriage ceremony where she declines to follow through and runs away. Many scenes show armed men looting a castle of valuable and food.
 A man wearing an iron helmet and an animal skin around his waist enters a room and urinates in a hole (we see and hear the stream); a young woman in the room hides underwater in a tub until he leaves and she surfaces gasping and coughing. A young woman burps loudly after guzzling the contents of a tankard.
 A young woman tells a man that he should sleep with one eye open and that she will dream of various ways of killing him. A young woman and her father argue in a couple of scenes. Men argue in a few scenes.

The Princess LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 1 not fully enunciated anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (pacifiers, placaters, outsiders, cattle, fat bastard, limp rag, useless harlot, weak, feeble, oddity, impetuous girl, property, ruthless), exclamations (bloody, shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (oh God). | profanity glossary |

The Princess SUBSTANCE USE

 – Three men drink while guarding people in a cell and playing a dice game (they seem inebriated), and a young woman guzzles the remaining beverage in a tankard while three men watch her.

The Princess DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Gender roles, feminism, arranged marriage, sexual assault, duty, succession, trust.

The Princess MESSAGE

 – Violence wakes people up. Women can prevail as well as men.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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