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Oscar Nominations 2011 and Why Kids Can See King’s Speech

By Madeline Holler |

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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.


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Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Oscar Nominations 2011 and Why Kids Can See King’s Speech

  1. Meagan says:

    I haven’t seen the movie, but I agree that it sounds like it could be a great movie for an older kid to watch (as in, old enough to understand the context since somehow I don’t see a 5 year old getting much out of it). I don’t, however, think the R rating is “ridiculous.” The ratings exist to help parents understand whether a movie is appropriate for their child. Cursing is one of the things that many parents consider inappropriate. A very little digging will turn up why a movie is rated R, so if a parent is concerned about sex or violence, they can look it up, as you have, and decide the movie is fine for their kid. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure a parent who DOES consider cursing inappropriate would be fairly irate if they took their kid to a pg-13 movie which dropped a string of “F-bombs.”

  2. Linda, the original one says:

    I went with my 13 year old and we both loved it. :)

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