The King's Speech is based on the true story of King George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) or "Bertie" to close family members.
Bertie (portrayed by a brilliant Colin Firth, Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones's Diary) was the second son of King George V, and was never expected to reign. However, because his brother Edward abdicates the throne in order to marry American Wallis Simpson, Bertie reluctantly assumes the monarchy.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
A terrible stutterer since childhood, Bertie seeks the help of unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue (a sublime Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth, Pirates of the Caribbean) to help him speak to his people. Radio is now the new form of media, and as Britain enters World War II, Bertie is determined to uplift, inspire, and address the nation (without his debilitating stutter).
Logue's unconventional methods and quirky personality can't help but win Bertie's trust and respect, and the two embark on an unlikely friendship. In fact it's quite clear that other than his wife, Logue may be the first true friend that Bertie has ever really had. Subsequently, the more Bertie is thrust into the limelight, the more he comes to depend on Lionel.
The King's Speech is rated R for one particular scene of strong profanity (about 45 seconds of the "F" bomb to be precise), but is otherwise free of drugs, violence and sexual content. Beautifully filmed on location in England, and set to music by Alexandre Desplat and Beethoven, The King's Speech is the best feel-good movie of the year. Don't be surprised to see Firth and Rush take home Oscars, and be sure to watch for great supporting roles from Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle and Anthony Andrews. Happy viewing!