Black Knight

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Black Knight Movie Poster Image
Martin Lawrence amuses in raunchy comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Sword and arrow battles (characters injured and killed), beheading, fist fights.

Sex

Sexual references and situations.

Language

Strong language for a PG-13.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very salty language for a PG-13, including a slightly obscured but very strong four-letter word. In addition to the violence mentioned above (mostly comic and bloodless, but with real injuries and deaths), there's a beheading. There are a number of sexual references and situations, including a discussion of "French" kissing, characters making sounds so that people nearby will think they are having sex, and a man who has sex with a woman because he thinks she is a different woman. Minority and female characters are smart and brave (though not always seen that way by others).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieMan26 October 10, 2010

Funny Medieval mayhem in Martin Lawrence comedy

This was a fun, funny film that runs along the same lines as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. This was an impressive farce of the Middle Ages. Another g... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 24, 2010
are you kidding me this movie could be for a 2nd graders party not a thirteen year old
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Inspired by Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, BLACK KNIGHT stars Martin Lawrence as Jamal, an employee of a run-down medieval theme park. After grabbing for a mysterious amulet while cleaning the moat, he falls into the water and comes up in a lake. It turns out that he's been transported back to 1328, and a usurper king mistakes him for a Moorish messenger. Jamal is astonished by the odd medieval world (They behead people! And they have awful bathrooms!), and the locals are equally astonished at his behavior. Jamal becomes interested in a pretty chambermaid who is a part of a conspiracy to bring back the real queen, and he's pursued by but the daughter of the usurper king.

Is it any good?

It's nice to see the material here coming a little closer to Martin Lawrence's considerable talents. Lawrence is a very funny guy who is usually a lot better than the movies around him, which tend to play as though half the script reads, "Martin enters and does funny things."

Black Knight is a classic comedy set-up that could easily have starred any movie comedian skilled in pratfalls, from Buster Keaton to Jerry Lewis to Jim Carrey. There is a lot of slapstick, a little romance, fights with swords, arrows, and a couple with fists, and it all moves along pretty painlessly, helped by some good gags and Lawrence's facility with physical comedy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why we're drawn to stories in which a character finds themselves in an entirely different time. What other films can you think of where this is the premise? If you created a similar story, what century would your character land in?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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