Life of a King: Edited

DVD Release: July 8, 2014
Life of a King: Edited


Life of a King is the true story of one man’s inspiring mission to better the future of inner-city youth in Washington, D.C. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown (Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) established the Big Chair Chess Club to help pull kids off the streets. Using the simple chess-inspired motto “think before you move,” Brown helped give troubles students something that he never had — a future.

Dove Review

This movie is inspired by a true story. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives an excellent performance as Eugene Brown. After his release from prison he connects with teens in high school detention and gets a few of them involved in playing Chess. One kid named Peanut shows potential for the future but his problem is that he hangs with the wrong crowd. One of the students, called Tahime (Malcolm M. Mays), has a real talent for Chess but refuses to get involved. When a tragic moment occurs, Tahime is interested, as he wants his life to count, although his own mother thinks that it’s a joke for him to enter tournaments but Brown has full confidence in Tahime’s talent.

“Life of a King” is about the choices that people make and the consequences of those decisions. It also makes the point that it is never too late for a person to change paths and the ending is inspiring. We are awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film for ages twelve plus. “Life of a King” soars with the possibility of hope!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple hangs on to each other in class.
Language: A-hole-1; Stupid-1; Fool-2; P-1; A few words are not heard but the mouthing of those words for "D" and "H" can be seen.
Violence: A student grabs a teacher's hand in anger; a young man is shot and a bloody wound on his T shirt is seen.
Drugs: A comment from a man that he plays cards to get his cigarettes back; reference to a young man being locked up due to drugs; woman in bedroom appears to be high; pool hall and bar seen with drinking; drinking beer; smoking.
Nudity: Shirtless man; cleavage.
Other: A man lies on his job application; death from violence and grieving; a man and his children are estranged but he works on improving it.


Company: Alchemy
Director: Jake Goldberger
Genre: Limited
Runtime: 102 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter