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King Richard

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Winning biopic of tennis stars' dad has language, violence.

Movie PG-13 2021 138 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Positive true story, a little bit of violence scared my almost 10yo

12+ My 12yo knew it turns out ok, so the violence wasn’t too scary. 9yo cried that she wanted to leave and I had to hang in the hall with her until it was all tennis, she finally would sit down and relax when they got to the tennis academy. A bit of explaining from me on the Rodney King riots and the N word. Overall a terrific story focusing on family, education, enjoying tennis, hard work and believing in yourself.
age 11+

Amazing movie * SPOILER ALERT*

First thing you need to know is that there is a bit of violence in the first part of the movie. There are four iffy scenes where violence is present. The first one is when Richard goes to confront these boys that were cat calling his oldest daughter. He confronts them and the “leader” walks up and starts hitting him. The second is when Richard goes to confront them again and they push him to the ground and start kicking him. The third is when Richard sees the group of boys at a gas station and parks his car. He then grabs a gun out and starts to walk up to them. Before he can get to them a car pulls up and fires multiple shots at the leader. He falls to the ground clearly dead. No blood is shown but it may be scary to younger kids. Finally the last violent scene is when Richard and his wife are watching the news and a scene of a black man being beaten pops up. Again no blood is shown but it would be a good spot to pause and talk if you have a family. Next is language. There are lots of uses of the n word and one f bomb. Some minor swearing such as the s word and the d word. Hell is used frequently. Next is sex. There is no real sex, except on threat of Tunde the oldest daughter getting raped. This will fly over the heads of younger children though. All in all this is an amazing movie. There is great representation but it packs a hard punch. I would strongly recommend for families for it provides lots of good talking points and all in all it is very entertaining. The rating though depends on the child. If your kid can handle violence and swearing then I would say 10 to 11+. If they cant I would say 11-12+. Hope you watch this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This moving, entertaining drama might be Smith's best acting yet; he mostly loses himself in the role of Richard Williams. While it doesn't make complete sense for Smith -- who looks nothing like Richard and doesn't even have the same skin tone -- to play Venus and Serena Williams' father, he captures Richard's essence as a strong-willed man who's ready to move heaven and earth to make his daughters' lives better than his. It's one of the rare moments in Smith's career in which viewers are more likely to see Smith's character and performance before they see Smith the actor. Yes, there are a few times in King Richard when Smith slips in his portrayal of Richard's Louisiana accent, but they're brief and early enough in the film to forgive. Smith's commitment to the role shines through, and his earnestness to give Richard his flowers as a father and visionary happily color the performance.

Equally as powerful -- if not more so -- is Aunjanue Ellis as Richard's wife, Oracene. She commands the screen with her nuanced, realistic performance of a long-suffering Black wife and mother who shared her husband's dream despite her issues with his process. She also brilliantly conveys how those misgivings sowed the seeds for the Williamses' eventual divorce. Even through her irritation and frustration, Oracene shows the love she has for Richard. Sidney and Singleton are also commendable as young Venus and Serena. Both actresses had to learn to play tennis at a level convincing enough to be believable, and their commitment comes through as they score aces that look exactly like the real thing. They also portray the balance between childlike excitement and exuberant confidence that the real-life Williams sisters have for the game, as well as their close bond. Overall, King Richard is a fantastic film for sports fans, tennis lovers, and fans of the Williams family.

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