Purge of Kingdoms

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Unnecessary, unfunny GoT parody has language, sex, violence.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 85 minutes

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Positive Messages

No positive messages, as movie focuses on the lust, greed, and bloodthirst of the power-hungry -- and mocks people without mercy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models; all characters are played for laughs, are presented with worst traits, as caricatures.


Characters are injured or die (and in one case brought back to life) by stabbing, sickness, combat, even being drowned in feces. Typically presented as comedic, played for laughs.


Countless sexual references and jokes. A king crudely jokes about needing sexual satisfaction. Sex scenes take place in brothels, with multiple partners, between brother and sister, in adulterous relationships, etc. Crude gestures for oral sex, references to penis and breast size, a character wears a penis costume, and lots more.


Near constant use of crude language in basically every scene, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "d--kheads," "ass," "jizzy," "c--k," "c--ksuck," "bitches," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking -- to the point of drunkenness -- and smoking pot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Purge of Kingdoms is an unauthorized spoof of the HBO series Game of Thrones. It stars Angus Macfadyen as Robert Boratheon stand-in "King Bartho," Lou Ferrigno as "Deaddard Stork" (Ned Stark), and other parody characters like John Doe, Denise Mother of Dragons, Cursey, Johnny Bang Bang, and "Stork" siblings Bobb, Sansia, Ariana, and Brendan. Expect tons of crude language ("f--k," "c--t," "a--hole," "s--t," and much more), lots of sex scenes (there's no actual nudity, but scenes take place in brothels and include adultery, incest, orgies, etc.), and many suggestive (or overtly sexual) discussions. There's also lots of casual/cruel violence, although it's intended to be comedic rather than gory, as well as a gross scene in which a man drowns in feces.

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What's the story?

PURGE OF KINGDOMS is an unauthorized parody of HBO's award-winning fantasy series Game of Thrones. It's set in the Eight Kingdoms, where King Bartho (Angus Macfadyen) plans to secure his place on the throne by inviting all of his rivals to a "Purge Fest" feast. The king summons Denise Mother of Dragons (Madison McKinley) and her husband, Diego (Yamil Piedra), as well as his old friend Deaddard Stork (Lou Ferrigno) and Stork's many children. As Bartho battles his enemies, his own family -- led by his wife, Cursey (Anna Hutchison), and her brother/lover, Johnny Bang Bang (Bret Jones) -- conspire against him to install his heir, Prince Jizzy (Tim Preston), on the throne. And for some inexplicable reason, Donald Trump and the Kardashians are also represented in this fake GoT universe.

Is it any good?

It's hard to imagine GoT fans caring about this downright awful parody that's just a series of crude, unfunny sight gags and jokes. Although the show's final season was divisive, Game of Thrones has one of the largest and most obsessive fandoms of any TV series ever. If there was going to be a parody of history's most Emmy-nominated show, it should have been something that could stand up next to Spaceballs, Airplane!, or The Naked Gun. But Purge of Kingdoms is simply a mess. There's nothing clever, quick-witted, or even broadly humorous about J.J. McDowell and Damian Romay's script. Instead, it just takes cheap shots at the show's basest elements.

One of the extremely few on-the-mark jokes is the focus on hair, specifically John Doe's (Armando Guiterrez), since Kit Harington's curly locks were highlighted in GoT. Otherwise, the jokes don't deliver (Dothraki in this film is simply Spanish), there's too much scatological humor (diarrhea, fecal crowns, bodily fluids), and the real-world impersonations (the Kardashians and Donald Trump) are cringe-worthy, even for audiences who aren't fans of either the reality stars or the president. Fans would be better off re-watching the source series or indulging in the hundreds of GoT-related video crash courses and commentaries than wasting time on this forgettable film. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence, sex, and language in Purge of Kingdoms. How faithful is that content to the source matter, Game of Thrones? Does some or all of it have less impact because of the movie's comedic tone?

  • What makes a good parody? What are your favorites, and why?

  • For those familiar with Game of Thrones, do you think fans will enjoy this spoof?

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