Parents' Guide to

A United Kingdom

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Beautiful but slightly flat drama about powerful love story.

Movie PG-13 2017 111 minutes
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age 11+

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age 10+

True Story

At about 23:52 into the movie there is a scene of sex that should be skipped and ends at about 24:24. Other than that, nothing objectionable for a family.
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age 12+

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This is a beautifully filmed drama about a fascinating, important time in history. But A United Kingdom, while certainly worth a watch -- especially for Oyelowo's and Pike's excellent performances -- is somewhat hobbled by its attachment to linear storytelling and telling, rather than showing. The story unwinds in a stolid, paint-by-numbers way that detracts from the passion underlying Seretse and Ruth's epic romance and the political storm it unleashes.

For a film about a love so deep that it left its imprint on history and the world, it's oddly devoid of intimacy. We're given hints, but we never quite know what, besides jazz and dancing, binds Seretse and Ruth. Nonetheless, A United Kingdom will have you running to your computer to do more research on your own -- it's the tip of a very engrossing historical iceberg.

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