Don’t let your family get caught in the crossfire.

Set in the aftermath of the Rodney King trial, we follow a hard-working single mom with a soft spot for stray children. When the film begins, she already has eight children living in her house and will soon bring home another. Her neighbour is the local loose cannon, and the only white man in an area largely inhabited by African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans. With racial tensions running dangerously high, they would appear to be unlikely allies. Yet following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, these two must navigate the gathering chaos in the city to bring the kids home safely.

92 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller.
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Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kalaan Walker, Rachel Hilson, Issac Ryan Brown, Callan Farris, Serenity Reign Brown
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
ScreenplayDeniz Gamze Ergüven
MusicNick Cave, Warren Ellis
CinematographyDavid Chizallet
EditingMathilde Van de Moortel
Made in2017
Produced byMaven Pictures, CG Cinéma, Bliss Media

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFrequent, strong impact use of crude language.
NudityInfrequent, mild impact nudity in both sexual and non-sexual contexts.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFrequent, strong impact, physical and emotional violence e.g. police brutality, unrest, shooting, rioting, vandalism, looting of stores, damaging police vehicles with bloodletting.
PrejudiceFrequent, moderate impact prejudice e.g. racial intolerance and discrimination is central to the storyline.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe Movie, KINGS, follows the story of the brutal murder of African American student, Rodney King who was assaulted and battered to death with batons by white policemen in a case of police brutality that happened in the Lower East Side of LA back in the early 1990's. Riots and civil unrest erupts in the small town, when the four policemen are acquitted of all charges sparking the violent protests, looting, vandalism and further acts of police brutality and racial intolerance in this small town. THEMES are complex and mature themes of moral degeneration, under-age drinking, juvenile delinquency, family, love, friendship, relationships, shoplifting, poverty, foster care, survival, life in the hood (Ghetto), being falsely accused, dysfunctional families, racial tensions, injustice towards Black people, neighbourly love, unrest, rioting, disorderly conduct, racial intolerance, police brutality, compassion, community, foster care, social awareness and providing a home for the homeless. There is a sustained sense of threat and menace due to dark themes highlighting realistic issues of racial prejudice and social injustice. Themes are likely to cause psychological, emotional and moral harm and content would be disturbing, distressing, upsetting and confusing for children under 16 years as there are no positive resolutions or reconciliation, the movie ends with Millie realizing that one of the children she cared for, had died in the riots and mourning his death.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for violence, sexual content/nudity, and language throughout.
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
16 +
Positive messages
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, smoking


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
David Rooney quote iconBig stars can't save this muddled movie.
Ilan Preskovsky quote iconIt's never all that pleasurable to slate the work of someone who is clearly throwing their all into their art (unlike cynical garbage like the latest Transformers or Adam Sandler movie) but there's just no getting past it: even by the standards of Halle Berry's awful filmography over the past couple of decades, Kings is a very, very bad film that doesn't come within a thousand leagues of doing justice to the real-life events its trying to depict.
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Tomatometer quote icon Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don’t amount to much more than a missed opportunity.
Sandie Angulo Chen quote iconUneven LA riots drama has violence, sex, and language.

What the People say

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