King Richard (PG-13)
Winning biopic of tennis stars’ dad has language, violence.
“King Richard” is a moving, entertaining sports biopic about Richard Williams (Will Smith), the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Dialogue includes swearing
(“s---,” “hell,” and “a--”), as well as slurs including the n-word. There are also scenes of gang violence and racial violence, and a minor character is shot and killed on screen. Brands such as Nike, Puma, Reebok and Fila are mentioned. With themes of perseverance, courage, gratitude and humility, the film successfully offers a positive representation of a Black family and focuses on Richard’s attempts to be a better father than the one he had growing up. (144 minutes)
In theaters; also available on HBO Max.
Red Notice (PG-13)
Language, violence in global cat-and-mouse caper.
“ Red Notice ” is a globe-trotting action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson. Expect lots of action violence: Characters fight, kick, punch and hit, and they get strangled, tied up, electrocuted, chased and tossed by a bull and poisoned. They fall from great heights, get shot at, shoot at others and are chased on foot, in cars and by air. There are bombs, explosions, fires and car crashes. A bridge collapses under a person, and people are left wounded or unconscious. A character is said to have a penchant for strangling others ever since his dad tried to strangle him at 14; he later says he killed his dad by gunshot. There’s very brief mention of suicide and “black sites.” Nazis and Nazi symbols play a role. Language includes “f---,” “s---,” “bulls---,” “b----,” “son of a b----,” “a--,” “a--hole,” “penis,” “d---head” “dipd---.” It appears that prison guards’ shirts read HOMO backward. There are some jokes about penises and mention of an erection, as well as other sexual innuendoes. A man says he could make a deepfake video of someone “mouth-sexing a goat.” Characters all seem to have father issues. (118 minutes)
In theaters; also available on Netflix.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (TV-G)
Positive messages, language, peril in holiday threequel.
Vanessa Hudgens is back — as three characters — in “The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star. Two are sweet, generous and extremely wealthy royalty; the third is naughty cousin Fiona, who’s serving time doing not-very-hard labor in a convent. Fiona is flirtatious with every man, and there’s some sexual innuendo. A man tries to get a woman up to his room with expensive gifts after a sexy tango dance. And there are several chaste kisses between couples, mostly married. Characters drink alcohol and make jokes about Santa’s elves smoking too much mistletoe and someone spiking the eggnog. Language includes “damn it,” “damned,” “hell,” “devil,” “wretched,” “idiot” and “dear god.” Characters put themselves in danger to retrieve a valuable stolen antiquity, but only minor injuries are involved. The main characters represent different races and nationalities, and the film has positive messages about forgiveness, family, love and marriage.
Available on Netflix.
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