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All the King's Men Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic political corruption drama has less iffy content than the 2006 remake, but it's still not particularly likely to interest kids. The main character, Stark, has affairs and blackmails a judge; the movie also deals with class issues. Characters drink, and two are assassinated (not very graphic).

  • Families can talk about politics (and political scandals) today. What changes Stark from someone who just wants to help people to someone who is willing to do anything to get and keep power? Why was he unable to hold on to his ideals? Is it possible to accomplish what he did without making deals? How can you establish how far to go in compromising? Why did the "hicks" continue to support him, in spite of all the evidence against him?

What to watch for
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    Violence: Stark and his assailant shot and killed

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    Sex: Stark has affairs with Anne and Sadie among others

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    Language: None

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking