Parents' Guide to

King Ralph

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'90s culture clash comedy has cursing, sexual content.

Movie PG 1991 97 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Does not belong on "Family Favorites" DVD

This movie appeared on a widely available DVD set of "Family Favorites" - not suitable for any family with kids unless maybe you are the Manson family! I thought it would be safe for my 8 year old since it was on this DVD. Boy, was I wrong. It started out with 4 or 5 curse words in the first few minutes of dialog. It only got worse. More unnecessary cursing, near nudity, and references to sex and sex acts followed. And that was only what I saw before I had to quickly fast forward past certain scenes when I anticipated trouble. Who put together this DVD of Family favorites?? Should have been rated PG13 not PG. It came out in 1991 so the PG13 rating was available then, I believe.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Falling somewhere between My Fair Lady and Coming to America, this is a mild-mannered comedy with lots of jokes but not many laughs. Culture clash comedy has been taken to outlandish extremes by the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, so an American man playing cricket as if it's baseball isn't as outlandish as King Ralph makes it out to be. As Vegas entertainer Ralph, Goodman plays the '90s archetypal big kid role with just enough enthusiasm to carry the movie. But rather than shake up the stuffy British characters that surround him, Ralph is bogged down by their demands. John Hurt plays the villainous Lord Graves with a delightfully devilish glint and Peter O'Toole's kind-hearted aide Willingham is good company. Other than that, the snooty inhabitants of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament make for tedious company.

The movie's love story is pleasant enough. But the two women characters aren't given anything to do other than be Ralph's prospective wives. Camille Coduri's shy stripper, Miranda, is unassuming and one to root for though, while Joely Richardson's haughty Princess Anna of Finland falls foul of a joke that a woman with a deep voice is undesirable. As the years pass, King Ralph increasingly looks like an old-fashioned minor entry in the culture clash comedy catalog.

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