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The Woman King

The Woman King
The Woman King
The Woman King
  • PG-13
  • 2022
Certified Fresh94%
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Inspired by true events, this remarkable, action-packed story about the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Follow the epic and intense journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.
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Critics Consensus: All hail Viola Davis! The Woman King rules.
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Memorable, historic, violent tale of African women warriors.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Woman King is an empowering historical adventure drama that follows Nanisca, the general (Viola Davis) of a 19th century West African all-female royal guard called the Agojie. The Agojie of the Kingdom of Dahomey (what's now Benin) -- the inspiration for the Dora Milaje in Black Panther -- fought off hostile tribes from bordering nations. Expect a high body count, with lots of fighting and intense, often bloody warfare. The Agojie use ropes, spears, finely sharpened fingernails, and other weapons in scenes that show dead bodies. A few of the deaths are particularly upsetting. There are also flashbacks to sexual assault and one moment when a suitor strikes a young woman he's courting. Language isn't frequent but includes "bitches" in subtitles. Adults drink, a man's partially nude body (bare behind, back, chest, abs) is visible, and there are scenes that show embracing and imply that characters had sex. The film is a labor of love from critically acclaimed filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball and The Old Guard). Families will want to research the history of the "Dahomey Amazons" to compare what's been written about the elite army with the film's plot.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:September 16, 2022
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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