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).
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.
The truth will come out, and true love will prevail.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Shakespeare-accurate revelry, with wine and hard liquor during parties and the like. A brief shot of party guests smoking marijuana.