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Oscar Nominations 2011 and Why Kids Can See Kings Speech

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Oscar nominations include this inoffensive R-rated movie.

Oscar nominations were announced this morning and King’s Speech received 12 — including best picture, best original screenplay, and one for best actor.

The period drama stars Colin Firth and tells the story of King George the VI and his sudden ascension to the English throne after his brother Edward decided he’d rather marry a twice-divorced American than be the King of England in the years leading up to World War II. The movie’s got history and drama and also? An R-rating.

Still, my 9-year-old daughter and I have plans to see it this weekend.

Why the restrictions on younger movie-goers? It’s ridiculous, really.

King George the VI was a lifelong stutterer, something he had to hide in the new age of radio and film. So he gets an expert to help him out. As party of his training, he has to spit out a whole load of F-bombs, apparently a hilarious bit in the movie but a scene that wasn’t so funny for MPAA movie raters.

They gave it an R. In the U.K., they’ve restricted children younger than 15 from seeing the movie.

It’s ridiculous, really, considering there’s no violence, no racy sex scenes, nothing like that. It’s a nice period drama — a period drama about speech therapy! And its most offensive moment isn’t anything worse than my own kids have heard come out of their mother’s mouth.

Here’s a complete list of Oscar Nominations 2011.

Photo: KPBS.org

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