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The King’s Speech recently won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the story of King George VI of Britain, and how he overcomes his stutter with the help of an unusual speech therapist.


  • Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
  • Rated: R for language. (You can get an edited edition with a PG-13 rating.)
  • Released: 2010
  • Genre: Drama
  • My Opinion: Well deserving of an Oscar!


The King’s Speech is the true story of King George VI and his disabling stutter. Although he has called on every proven speech therapist and remedy, nothing helps him. He truly is the laughing stock of England every time he speaks in public, which unfortunately, is not something he can avoid.. you know.. being the King and all. The story actually begins before he becomes king, and takes the audience through the events that promote him to the throne quickly and unexpectedly. The story enforces the reasons why a man in his position must be confident to instill confidence in his people, and that no matter your birth right, we all have insecurities. His unorthodox tutor, an Australian actor, insists on becoming personal with “His Royal Highness”, and against all odds, succeeds not only in helping the king overcome his stutter, but also becomes a close and lifelong friend.


I felt the whole range of emotions in this movie: humor, embarrassment, victory, defeat, determination, fear, shame, love, hate, and the list goes on. And although this movie was a drama, the extremes the unlikely pair of King and therapist go to, kept me laughing throughout the entire movie. I personally recommend going for the full R rated version, don’t let a few (dozen) four letter “F” words scare you off, because that was the best part of the entire movie. I think the honesty, frustration, and victory portrayed in that particular scene is what earned The King’s Speech an Oscar, and having that edited will drastically alter the movie.

I found it very interesting that the writer of the screenplay, David Seidler, also suffered from a stammer. Having heard George VI’s wartime speech as a child, he asked the Queen’s permission to make a film of the King’s story. Read more about that at IMDB.

The King’s Speech was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, and won four, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Read more about the movie, and the actual events at Wikipedia.


  • You can rent The King’s Speech at Netflix.
  • You can rent The King’s Speech at any movie store. Redbox should have it for a while too.
  • You can purchase The King’s Speech at Amazon.com or eBay.
  • You can watch The King’s Speech online at Amazon Instant Video.


Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst, about France’s ill-fated queen.