Black Knight

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

Comedian Martin Lawrence stars as Jamal Walker in this humorous adventure film that could be retitled California Black Man in King Arthurs Court. Working at a failing medieval-themed amusement park, Jamal is looking out for himself and planning a step up to the new Castle World. But when he falls into the moat while reaching for a necklace in the water, Jamal finds himself in a real medieval world. Mistaken for a royal messenger from France, Jamal learns about a plot to kill the king. Jamal just wants to get along and survive, until he meets Victoria (Marsha Thomason), an attractive chambermaid whose part of the resistance. With the help of Knolte (Tom Wilkinson), a fallen knight, Jamal learns about honor and helping others. Crowds will really enjoy this mix of humor, slapstick, adventure and personal discovery. The medieval court learning to Dance to the Music is a particular hit. The star of BIG MOMMAS HOUSE has another hit in BLACK KNIGHT.

Jamal initially displays a selfish attitude of looking out for number one and tells the park owner to do the same. But he also reveals glimpse of a better person, such as planning to do CPR when the drunken Nolte passes out. Jamal only joins the resistance at first to get close to Victoria, but later turns into an inspiring coach for the peasant army. Unfortunately, the film includes numerous sexually crude comments and suggestive scenes. The king offers Jamal any woman he wants, except the princess. But the princess climbs into his bed after sampling Jamals French kissing. Victoria and Jamal also simulate the sounds of passion as they plot. Violence gets graphically medieval on occasion, such as a beheading where Jamal catches the head. The head is later seen stuck on a spear. And along with obscenities for excrement throughout, one scene shows a mans face pushed into a pile of horse dung. Explicit sexual content, graphic violence and obscenity-laden dialogue dethrone the good messages of BLACK KNIGHT.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many times Mild 15, moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (11) times S-word, other 1

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (graphic beheading, head put on spear, man kicked by horse, arrows in chests, man on fire, punches, knife in shoulder, boxing, kick in crotch, stabbings, fall from walls, bloody cut on neck, hits with swords)

Sex: Once Implied (unmarried couple in bed)

Nudity: Near nudity several times (low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (man flirts, reference to thong underwear, man feels womans leg, man offered any woman to bed, man takes pants down, woman comments about sensual kissing/ flirts with man, woman opens her wrap for man/ bare back seen, couple fakes sounds of sex, comment about genital size, woman gets in mans bed, comments about womans virginity)

Drugs: Alcohol, drunken behavior

Other: Man advocates selfish attitude, comment about medieval commode, leeches shown on man, flatulence sounds, dirty hands serve food, man saves executioner w/Heimlich maneuver, mans face pushed in horse dung, man reverses attitude

Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and young adults

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