Life of a King

2013 PG-13 1h 41m DVD

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Life of a King

2013 PG-13 1h 41m DVD
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After serving an 18-year prison sentence, Eugene Brown resolves to remake his life and gets a job as detention monitor at a local high school. In an effort to raise the goals of the malcontents he deals with, Eugene founds the Big Chair Chess Club.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Life of a King is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, an ex con who leaves prison and becomes an unlikely chess teacher to inner-city kids. There's some drug-related gun violence in the movie that leaves one teen shot and killed; a man beats up his girlfriend and her teenage son. Language includes "damn," "dumbass," "ass," "what the hell," and more. The movies feature inspiring messages about changing your life, learning a new skill, and making a plan for a better future.

Sexual Content

A few of the teens flirt and act interested in each other.


A teenager is shot and killed in a drug deal gone bad. High schoolers threaten each other and even teachers. Teenagers obtain guns and hold them for their illegal dealings. A woman's boyfriend beats up her teenage son, and it's implied he beats her as well.


Insults and language includes "dumbass," "dumb," "what the hell," "damn," "loser," and "idiot."

Social Behavior

Wonderful messages about how chess can change your life and help you use skills that can help you become more disciplined, focused, and strategic. The movie also stresses how lower-income students must be given opportunities to find skills and talents.


Crown Victoria and Escalade.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A mother is a drug addict and a drunk. Teen guys deal drugs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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