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First Knight Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Hokey, star-studded take on King Arthur legend.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this retelling of the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle has action, romance, and scads of bloody battle sequences, death, maiming, and other assorted medieval savagery. Still, its more quantity than "quality" -- expect lots of red swords and red-drenched clothing, but no gory displays of visible entrails, decapitations, or amputation.

  • Families can talk about the enduring legend of King Arthur. Was he a historic or mythical figure -- or perhaps a king whose life was embellished for literary purposes? Which version of his story do you like best? The one from books such as The Once and Future King? The movies like this one with flashy stars? The cartoons like The Sword in the Stone? Or even the comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Issues of justice and decency are at the forefront of characters' thoughts and actions throughout. Many instances in which characters must choose between self-interest and decency, betrayal or loyalty, personal happiness, and the greater good. Arthur's former knight, Malagant, has chosen a path of vengeance and disloyalty. Lancelot and Guinevere must also weigh their personal interests with their values, their country's interest, and their allegiance to their king. Even King Arthur eventually must weigh his need for revenge and personal satisfaction with the forgiveness and the needs of his people.

What to watch for
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    Violence: No outright gore, but oodles of old-fangled violence: vanquishment, thrashing, maiming, spearing, arson, and all the death and destruction than one army of ruthless warlords can do innocent villagers. Mostly, women and children are traumatized and orphaned and widowed -- not killed themselves. The wide assortment of medieval sling-shots, flaming bow and arrows, mallets, and other weapons are generally violent but not vividly awful.

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    Sex: Overtones of erotic suggestiveness and light bodice ripping, but most of the sexual energy hinges on desire and not consummation.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue