We saw “The King’s Speech” last night — great film! Afterward I read Roger Ebert’s review of it (he loved it) and was puzzled by his final comment:
Note: The R rating refers to Logue’s use of vulgarity. It is utterly inexplicable. This is an excellent film for teenagers.
“The King’s Speech” is rated R in the US? Seriously? (For my non-US readers: an R rating means no one under 17 is allowed without an accompanying parent or guardian.) Just for a few curse words sprinkled throughout, and one highly entertaining explosion of cussing from the King, whose choice of “bad” words seems positively quaint to a modern audience?
Here in Portugal, the rating is M/12, meaning anyone 12 or older can attend; no adults necessary. Clearly the Portuguese aren’t nearly so concerned about a little salty language sullying the pristine minds of their children.
I agree with Ebert — it’s an excellent film for teenagers, because it’s all about perseverance, determination, and overcoming fear. But US teens can’t see it without their parents, and everyone knows how much teenagers love tagging along with their parents to a movie. Oh well, they’ll no doubt sneak into a showing of the latest shoot-em-up and watch human bodies being blown apart instead.