A Knight's Tale

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Edgy medieval tale with rock music, some cursing.

PG-13 2001 132 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 10+

A fun time for the whole family!

This movie is clearly a work of historical fiction - heavy on the fiction. It does not try to be more than that. It is a fun tale of a peasant squire who sees an opportunity to improve his station in life, and with the help of his trusted sidekicks, he sets out on his quest to become a real knight and “change his stars.” There’s brief male nudity (buttocks only) in two parts, and it is used for comic relief. It is completely appropriate, as everyone has a butt, and we all know what they look like. When I show this movie in my 7th grade social studies class, with parent permission of course, I edit out the one scene where it is implied that the two main characters are about to engage in sexual activity. I do this, not because you actually see anything, but moreso because no middle school kid wants to watch a bedroom scene with their teacher, and no teacher wants to watch that with their students. That being said, it’s tasteful and they don’t even show anything, they simply cut scene from them laying in a bed, to the next morning. This is one of my favorite films and it helps my students have a better understanding of feudalism and the shift from knights being hired to protect the land, to knights being more like celebrities or professional athletes. Two thumbs up!

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age 7+

Proceed with Caution

We are a homeschooling family, and thus have been studying knights/jousting/feudal system/melee/etc. We have a 10 year old and triplet 7 year olds as well as a 2 year old. We watched this to cement some of our learning and make it fun too. Caution regarding sexual tension between two lead characters, which you may want to fast forward through as well as a a man's naked butt. Movie with this much "violence" should be discussed with children but to it is a piece of history and it's ridiculous to allow children to play violent video games etc. but not want to expose them to historically relevant films.

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