The King of Kong
When Steve Wiebe got laid off, he turned to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong for solace; soon, he challenged Billy Mitchell's long-standing record score. So began the bitter rivalry that lies at the heart of this curiously compelling documentary.
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- Seth Gordon
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NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast and crew interviews; Billy Mitchell's Look; Steve Wiebe Explains Donkey Kong; Festival Q&As featurette.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is not a King Kong related movie in any form, but a rollicking documentary about extreme video gaming. The PG-13 rating from the MPAA is unwarranted, even though there are a few swear words and brief glimpses of sexy still pictures.
- Sexual Content
- A sexy still photo of a nude couple (covering up each other's private parts, barely), is shown, illustrating the sordid past of a video gamer.
- None, except quick flashes of violent video games over the end credits.
- "Bastard" and "kick that guy's ass" used, but the point is made that profanity is actually frowned upon in this milieu.
- Social Behavior
- Viewers get to pick sides between the arrogant reigning Donkey Kong champion and a nice-guy family man, dogged by bad luck, who seems to need the affirmation and approval of his peers badly. There are a few female players glimpsed, but women are mostly supportive (maybe slightly exasperated) spouses.
- Not only are video games, video game parlors, and shop franchises ubiquitous, we also see plenty of the chicken hot sauce sold by one of the contenders in his day job.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Gaming is verbally compared to drug addiction, and some interviewees smoke.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it