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When a freak accident wipes out an entire royal family, an exhaustive search reveals a distant relation: Ralph Jones (Goodman), a good-natured, down-to-earth Las Vegas entertainer. Immediately, the rude and crude Ralph is given a crash course in royal manners by his new private secretary, the very proper Lord Willingham (Peter O'Toole). But while Ralph's uncouth behavior delights the public, it fuels a fiendish plot by the evil Lord Graves (John Hurt), who's out to oust the new ruler. Now, it's up to this lowborn lounge singer to redeem himself in a manner befitting a king in this warmhearted comedy romp.
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Interesting premise of Goodman becoming King works as fairly funny comedy.
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Common Sense Says
'90s culture clash comedy has cursing, sexual content.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that King Ralph is a culture clash comedy with some strong language, stereotypes, and sexual references. When the entire British royal family is electrocuted during a photo shoot, an American entertainer called Ralph (John Goodman) finds himself becoming king of England. The electrocution scene is cartoonish, with the victims' hair stood on end. Ralph is shown as immature and reckless but is principled and true to himself. The movie's villain, Lord Graves (John Hurt) schemes to take Ralph's place by paying Ralph's stripper girlfriend to go public about their "scandalous" relationship. One scene features strip teases with near-nudity. Frequent language includes "s--t" and "bitch," as well as British slang words "wanker" and "toss." In a section that plays up to harmful stereotypes, Ralph entertains an African king and addresses him in a dialect sometimes lazily attributed to African-Americans. They also take part in a spear-throwing contest. The movie features some cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption but not to excess.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:February 15, 1991
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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