King Richard
  • Directors(s)

    Reinaldo Marcus Green

  • Production Year

    2021

  • Release date

    19/11/2021

  • Genre(s)

    Sport

  • Approx. running minutes

    144m

  • Cast

    Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Tony Goldwyn, Dylan McDermott, Demi Singleton

Film

King Richard

moderate violence, threat, references to racism, infrequent strong language

KING RICHARD is a US drama following the father of aspiring tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams as he tries to help his daughters achieve their dreams.

  • Directors(s)

    Reinaldo Marcus Green

  • Production Year

    2021

  • Release date

    19/11/2021

  • Genre(s)

    Sport

  • Approx. running minutes

    144m

  • Cast

    Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Tony Goldwyn, Dylan McDermott, Demi Singleton

discrimination

There are various verbal references to racism, including to segregation and the physical violence a black man suffered at the hands of white people when he was growing up. A black family is conscious of how they are being received within a predominantly white community, but the film as a whole carries positive messages of overcoming prejudice and achieving success. There is a use of 'cracker' in relation to a white person, but racist behaviour is not condoned.

language

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k') and milder terms including 'bitch', 'ass', 'crap', 'bullshit', 'god', 'damn', 'butt', 'frickin', 'freakin', 'screw' and 'hell'. There is also peer-to-peer use of 'n***a' and 'n****r'.

threat and horror

A small gang of men behave in a threatening and intimidating way towards a man and his family, initially trying to get the attentions on his eldest daughter and making threatening sexualised comments. When the father attempts to warn the men off, he is beaten and a gun is held to his head.

violence

Scenes of violence include a gang kicking and punching a man, leaving his head bruised and bloodied, and brief sight of a drive-by shooting. A news report also features footage of Rodney King being beaten by police officers.


There are occasional references to drugs, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, but largely within a condemnatory context. There are occasional sex references.
  • Classified date

    09/11/2021

  • Language

    English