A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A scrappy underdog South African football team overcomes adversity through dedication and hard work.
Positive Role Models
Fezile overcomes poverty and an absent father to become a South African football star. Terror overcomes alcohol addiction and learns humility as he takes on coaching duties.
Movie centered on a scrappy underdog South African football team and the culture surrounding it. Mostly Black South African players -- movie spotlights the triumphs and challenges they face, as a team and as individuals.
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Violence & Scariness
In the middle of a football match between bitter rival teams, one of the players takes out a gun, runs onto the field, and starts shooting in the air, causing everyone to run. Attempted armed robbery. One of the lead characters, who works as a police officer when not coaching, is shot while on duty; he is in intensive care in the hospital.
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Occasional language: "a--hole," "s--thole," "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the characters on the team struggles with drug addiction -- shown with a syringe and a crack pipe. One of the lead characters struggles with alcohol addiction -- shown binge drinking and drinking and driving.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Queenstown Kings is a 2023 South African sports movie in which a scrappy underdog football team seeks a national championship. Expect some violence -- attempted armed robbery, character shot with a gun and hospitalized, a rival team member pulls out a gun and starts shooting while on the field. One of the members of the team struggles with drug addiction and is shown with a syringe and a crack pipe. One of the lead characters struggles with alcohol addiction and is shown drinking and driving and binge drinking before giving up the bottle. Some language: "a--hole," "s--thole," "damn," "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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