Much Ado About Nothing

2012 PG-13 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

Much Ado About Nothing

2012 PG-13 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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In Joss Whedon's modern take on the Shakespearean comedy, Claudio's love for the beautiful Hero makes him a target of his friend Benedick's mockery. But as Benedick trades barbs with Hero's cousin Beatrice, he just may be falling in love.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this version of William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern-day Los Angeles but performed using the original text, may bring the play to new life in ways that both teens and adults will appreciate. Director Joss Whedon's decision to set the play in the present works, making it more approachable and fun. Expect some drinking among party goers and one brief glimpse of marijuana smoking. One salty word makes a repeated appearance ("ass"), and there are some sexually charged scenes (including one where the shadow of a couple engaged in a sexual act is glimpsed).

Sexual Content

One scene shows a man spying on what appears to be a couple engaging in sex (viewers don't see body parts, but it's pretty clear what the silhouetted figures are up to). In another scene, a man and a woman are interrupted while making out. Another couple is shown passionately kissing in the background while people are deep in conversation.


Characters scream at each other and throw verbal barbs at one another; talk of battles.


The word "ass" is used several times in one humorous scene. Also "oh Lord" and "oh God" as exclamations.

Social Behavior

The truth will come out, and true love will prevail.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Shakespeare-accurate revelry, with wine and hard liquor during parties and the like. A brief shot of party guests smoking marijuana.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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