Not recommended under 13; PG to 15 (Themes; lack of interest for younger children)
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to themes and lack of interest|
|Children 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes|
|Viewers 15 and over||OK for this group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||United Kingdom, A|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in the late 1940’s, A United Kingdom is based on the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (David Oyelowo) who travelled to London to study law. While there, he met and fell in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the daughter of a shoe salesman. This caused a great upset on both sides, with Ruth’s father vowing to never see her again and Sereste’s uncle, the Prince Regent (Vusi Kanene), greatly angered by what he saw as a betrayal of his people.
Ruth travels to Bechuanaland with Sereste and is met with a hostile reception. The people love Sereste, however, and want him to continue to take his place as King. Britain has Bechuanaland as a protectorate and, to appease the South African government, which is starting to introduce apartheid, the British government does everything in its power to prevent Sereste and Ruth becoming King and Queen of Bechuanaland.
Sereste is actually exiled for several years but is eventually allowed back into his country on the condition that he won’t be King. The Bamangwato people eventually accept Ruth, who integrates well into their society. Sereste goes on to make Bechuanaland an independent democratic country called Botswana, of which he becomes the first president.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Racial prejudice; interracial marriage; colonialism; civil unrest
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Apart from the violence described above, there is nothing particularly disturbing for this age group.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Ruth is shown during childbirth and in great pain.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
References to a relationship between a black man and a white woman being disgusting.
Ruth and Sereste marry and are seen kissing, undressing each other and getting into bed together. They are seen naked from the shoulders up.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
A United Kingdom is a drama about the events of the marriage between a black prince and a white woman during the years when apartheid was being introduced in South Africa. There are some beautiful scenes from Botswana and it is an uplifting film in which justice finally prevails. Due to the film’s content younger viewers are likely to lose interest, and the film’s themes are more relevant to an older audience, so it is likely to appeal to teens and adults.
The main messages from this movie are that justice can prevail and that the colour of one’s skin should be of no importance.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss the reactions of Ruth’s and Sereste’s families to their marriage
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age