From a technical standpoint, The King's Speech shines just as bright, thanks to handsome cinematography. But aside from the performances, what ultimately steals the show is the screenwriter's ear for dialogue and a script that really sparkles. In a year where dumb movies have been the norm, The King's Speech is an absolute revelation. Now here's hoping Firth has an equally grand speech prepared when he accepts his trophy in February…


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking and cigarette smoking.

  • Language/Profanity:  Approximately 20 uses of the "f" word, plus several instances where sh—, da--, bas----, a--and he-- are said, along with the decidedly British profanities "bloody" and "bugger." The Lord's name is also taken in vain on a couple of occasions.

  • Sex/Nudity:  No sex or nudity, just discussion of past sexual affairs that's not graphic. Also, some rude references to male and female anatomy.

  • Violence:  None, unless you count Albert's verbal assaults directed toward Lionel. 

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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