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Anna and the King


The tale of Anna Leonowens' (Jodie Foster) culture clash and unexpected romance with King Mongkut, the King of Siam (Chow Yun-Fat), is retold in this lavish production.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Intense, mature version of The King and I.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some very intense violence, including battle scenes, bloody beatings, and non-graphic but very tense beheadings. Dead bodies hang from a tree and soldiers are poisoned. There is a very sad death of a child. There are references to the king's many wives and concubines and one reluctant concubine is shown being prepared for her first night with him, and being reassured that he is a generous lover. The king smokes cigars and the boys try one.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about cultural diversity and how we distinguish between fundamental truths and cultural differences, the challenges of power (for example, the constant threats from those who want to seize it), and the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who tell us the truth, even when it is hard to hear.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A grand retelling of an iconic story.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck Walton,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009


- David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor, Saturday, October 14, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Such a beautiful story. Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat play their roles perfectly. I loved it.

- gatorgirl13, Thursday, August 14, 2008

4 stars

Beautiful and thought provoking. The picture is a remake of Anna and the King of Siam, but differs in many respects from that picture and also from the related musical, The King and I.

- Showrogan, Saturday, September 15, 2007

4 stars

I knew the basic story from the Yul Brenner version of the King and I, but this is well done. The scene on the bridge is a bit of a stretch. But I liked the movie's humour and the lessons it teaches. The ending is appropriate as well.

- Redlats, Saturday, August 18, 2007