Parents' Guide to

Anna and the King

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, mature version of The King and I.

Movie PG-13 1999 147 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Beautiful and endearing

This is one of my all time favorite movies. You will want to watch this over and over so be sure to buy it!
age 16+

One of the best movies I have seen in long time, but not for kids...

I do not agree with Common Sense Media's review of this movie. I found the acting intense, the dialogue enjoyable and the whole movie a great experience. The beheading scene is really intense - even though it is not actually shown, I still turned my head away in anticipation. Do yourself a favour and watch this movie - but not with your children. My 16 year old daughter was crying in parts of the movie.

Is It Any Good?

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It's best to watch this movie with your eyes more than your ears: It is a visual treat. ANNA AND THE KING is the fourth movie version of the story of Anna Leonowens, brought to Siam in 1864 by King Monghut to teach his children. Anna and the King end up teaching each other a few things, too. Of course, the best-remembered version is the classic with Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, and the unforgettable songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This version has spectacle to spare, but no "Getting to Know You," no "Whistle a Happy Tune," no genuine connection between the two leads (though viewers are supposed to believe that they are in love with one another), and a script that teeters between stolid and awful.

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (The Black Stallion) creates stunning images of splendor. But the dialogue is dreadful and the plot does not hold together, especially in a bizarre Mulan-style rescue. Worst of all is the all-but-loony way that the two leads, both playing highly principled people deeply aware of their responsibilities, linger over a goodbye when the bad guys are charging, dance romantically in the middle of a state dinner, and generally act like Archie and Veronica at the malt shop.

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