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The King's Daughter

The King's Daughter
The King's Daughter
The King's Daughter
  • PG
  • 1h 38m
  • 2022
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Known as The Sun King, Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) is the most powerful and influential monarch on the planet. Obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, Louis turns to his spiritual advisor, Père La Chaise (William Hurt), and the royal physician to help him obtain the key to immortality. Believing a mermaid (Fan Bingbing) contains a force that grants everlasting life, Louis commissions a young sea captain to search the seas and capture the mystical creature. Further complicating his plans is his orphaned daughter, Marie-Josèphe (Kaya Scodelario), who returns to court with an abundance of elegance and an inherent defiance of authority. With a rare solar eclipse approaching, Louis will discover where his daughter's true loyalties lie as he races against time to extract the mermaid's life-giving force.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A muddled mess that was clearly tinkered with in post-production to little avail, The King's Daughter is a royal disappointment.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dreamy historical fantasy questions science; guns used.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The King's Daughter is a romantic adventure-fantasy set in the real-life court of France's King Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) and based on the 1997 Nebula Award-winning novel The Moon and the Sun. Title character Marie-Josephe (Kaya Scodelario) is a great role model: She's a smart independent thinker who demonstrates humility, integrity, and the courage to stand up for her convictions. This isn't a religious film, but, as was true for the setting, many characters are devoted Catholics and speak often about God. However, these characters of faith are pitted against a villainous medical doctor, which results in the implication that science is dubious. The film opens and closes as if it's a storybook (narrated by Julie Andrews), which sets the stage that it's all a fairy tale, which helps lessen the impact of the violence, including gunshots. But discussion of killing and surgically removing a mermaid's heart may be upsetting, although nothing of the sort is ever shown. The king's womanizing is depicted through confessions that he "shared a bed," and, as this is a romance, there are also a couple of kisses.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Family, Action
  • Release Date:January 21, 2022
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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