Parents' Guide to

The Queenstown Kings

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Underdog sports tale has drinking, drugs, some language.

Movie NR 2023 137 minutes
The Queenstown Kings movie poster: Two Black athletes celebrate

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This scrappy underdog tale has an interesting setting but a tired premise. The Queenstown Kings is set in the rough-and-tumble Queenstown township, and the Kings are a soccer team that play in the "grassroots football" circuit, on dirt fields with rowdy fans and rival players unafraid to use guns when the game doesn't go their way. For the unfamiliar, this is a fascinating glimpse into the lives and culture that surround these leagues.

That said, the story itself offers the typical comeback-kid choices like playing for the team or playing for personal success, giving up ego, giving up drinking and drugs for a higher purpose, drawing on inner strength to be a winner both on and off the field, etc. The characters are likable enough, and the culture revealed in the movie is fascinating, but the movie doesn't quite transcend the countless cliches that are so much a part of this genre.

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