As You Like It
Director Kenneth Branagh shifts Shakespeare's tale of love and mistaken identity to a British enclave in feudal Japan, where beautiful Rosalind (Bryce Dallas Howard) dresses as a man when she's banished to the forest, but learns her beloved Orlando (David Oyelowo) can't recognize her. Complete with sumo wrestlers and ninjas, Branagh's adaptation of the Bard's classic comedy also boasts a star-studded cast, including Kevin Kline and Alfred Molina.
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- Kenneth Branagh
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this cunning adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic play is heavy on battles and violence. Celia and Rosalind run away from home to escape the cruel Duke Ferdinand. Brothers Orlando and Oliver and brothers Senior and Frederick do everything they can to destroy one another -- an extreme take on the sibling rivalry most families experience. Often men are seen kicking, punching, and cutting one another. There is also one scene where Rosalind is discovered naked in a pond by Orlando and some scenes of sexual innuendo that, because they're coded in Shakespearean English, will probably be missed by kids.
- Sexual Content
- Plenty of sexual innuendo, but in Shakespearean prose. Touchstone mentions his "small offering" to Audrey when they kiss. Orlando catches Rosalind naked in a pond, but nothing is visible.
- Ninjas kill guards with a twist of the neck, the duke beats Oliver, a lion attacks Oliver and Orlando. Orlando and Oliver brawl. Oliver lights a shed on fire, intending to burn Orlando alive in it. There is a sumo wrestling match. The Duke threatens to kill Rosalind.
- One use of "slut."
- Social Behavior
- While there's considerable sibling battling, in the end the tale is about love and support.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- An old man drinks from a flask. Some drink wine but no one gets drunk.
- 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