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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM

“The King’s Speech” recut? Plus, a peek at Franco and Hathaway

I’ve had a few people ask me recently if they should take their kids to “The King’s Speech,” despite the movie’s R rating, and I say sure — if your kid’s interested in history. That R rating stems entirely from a brief scene in which King George VI (Oscar-nominated Colin Firth) lets the F-word fly as part of a speech exercise. Nothing else in the movie is remotely inappropriate for children, though I can see that many kids might not find the subject matter compelling. Nonetheless, Harvey Weinstein is talking to director Tom Hooper about recutting the film for a more family-friendly PG-13 rating. In Britain, Weinstein notes, the film is rated “for 12 and up” and families are attending it together, resulting in “The King’s Speech” having topped the box office there for three weeks running. Here’s what makes no sense, though: Nothing’s stopping families from seeing an R-rated movie together here in the U.S., and I’m not sure that cutting a key scene out of the film (or, worse, dubbing in some less-spicy language) is going to make most American kids more interested in seeing it. Have any of you taken a kid or teen to “The King’s Speech”? Did he or she enjoy it?
In other Oscar-related news today, ABC has released a brief promo showing James Franco and Anne Hathaway in “training” for Oscar night, and I have to admit, it’s kind of charming. Take a look.

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