Parent reviews for The King and I

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Common Sense says

age 8+

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Parents say

age 9+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 7 reviews

age 10+

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Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Nice one

I really like it so much!!! Very nice kind one, considering the kind of garbage that we see day by day, and the kind of language my kids learned in school, this movie is really inocent. Just last winer, the elementary school played Home Alone to the school, from kindergarde to grade 7, I was horrofied, such a violent movie it was consider a a "clasic" by the principal. So , racist situation in this move are way easy to explain to kids. It was a reality, period. It is happening right now, and I consider my kids needs to be aware how was before, and that is still happening now, so the wont take his life for granted. Therefore, parental guidance and explanation is a must here, it can be educational and at the same time you can have good time with family.
age 8+

Just a reminder about the ending (SPOILER ALERT)

We enjoyed it completely and utterly (kids age 7 and 9) but they were devastated by the very ending, which is not a happy one. My older son is a little bit extra-sensitive, but even so be aware it is a doozy of a tear-jerker.
age 10+

Shall We Dance? A movie that the times have caught up with.

Having recently rewatched "The King and I", which I saw as a youngster, I greatly enjoyed the film. Adults will enjoy the chemistry between Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner (which his then-wife Doris characterized as "trusting each other like brother and sister off screen"). Kids will love the upbeat songs about whistling to overcome fear of a new situation, and getting to know a new culture. The secondary plot of an unhappy slave girl will, I think bore the kids and go right over their heads, which is ok. This plot has the only concern I have, that the King brandishes a whip and threatens to whip her. This is scary, but is made into a positive role message when Anna tells him that if he does, "He is truly a barbarian!" At which point the King throws down the whip and storms from the room. The role of the King is much richer than I remember. His song "Puzzlement" is a poignant reminder about how we all have to do our best day by day as adults, just as the king does. The play deals with human rights, as shown in the "Small Cabin of Uncle Tom" scene, which is magical; and feminism in the feisty nature of Anna and her assertiveness in the face of the sexist King. None of this gets into the way of the film being great family fun, and I agree with the reviewer above that it is a great movie to spur family discussion about getting to know more about others -- and to do your best day by day.

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Getting To Know You!!!!

Great DVD and Movie!

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Great role models
age 6+

A Decent Old-Fashoined Musical...

THE KING AND I isn't as grand as I remembered it. In fact, some parts make you want to fast forward very quickly. Some parts are rude (casting whites in Thai roles) and some parts are corny (the song between Tup-Tim and the slave guy), but it's impossible to give such a good-natured movie a bad rating. Some of the music is very good, like "Getting to Know You", "Shall We Dance" and "Hello Young Lovers". I wasn't impressed by Yul Brynner, but Gertrude Lawrence is very good. There is really no objectionable material at all. Kids may be saddened at (SPOILER) the king's death at the end of the film. The movie raises moral questions about slavery and the like, and the King is poised to whip a slave girl (he doesn't).