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A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom
A United Kingdom
A United Kingdom
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh84%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, solidly crafted, and all-around worthy, A United Kingdom presents an absorbing look at a singular true-life love story.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Beautiful but slightly flat drama about powerful love story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A United Kingdom is based on the true story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the heir to the tribal throne of Bechunaland (now Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white Englishwoman. They fell in love and married in the late 1940s, and their controversial relationship started a political storm in both England and Africa. There are a couple of mildly violent scenes -- a gang of racist thugs besets a black man (minor injuries), and law enforcement officers try to control angry people with batons (lots of chaos ensues). But it's the menace of apartheid and racism, depicted in its full ugliness, that's most upsetting. The "N" word is used, Seretse and Ruth kiss passionately and go to bed (her bare shoulders and his bare torso are shown), and there's some drinking by adults. Characters demonstrate integrity, perseverance, and compassion, and the movie's messages about the importance of both love and equality are clear and strong.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 10, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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