Romeo + Juliet
In this contemporary take on William Shakespeare's tragedy, two families feud as their children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love. Though the film is modern, the bard's dialogue remains intact as the couple pay a disastrous cost for their affection.
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- Baz Luhrmann
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1998 BAFTA®
- Best Direction: Baz Luhrmann
- 1997 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction nominee
PG-13Scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality
English, Spanish (Neutral), NoneClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary by Baz Luhrman, Catherine Martin, Donald McAlpine and Craig Pearce; making-of; 2 music videos; trailer; production info; production stills; additional DVD-ROM features.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; director's commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this film features a considerable amount of blood, violence, and explicit references to sex. Prostitution, brief nudity, teen sex, gang-related deaths, car assaults, bloody fistfights, and a gangster pointing a pistol directly at a child's face, makes this film inappropriate for kids under the age of 17. There's a strong emphasis on guns that can easily be seen as glamorization: characters sport decorated pistols and fashionably threatening jewelry (skull rings, dagger belts), not to mention an ad for bullets. Background scenery makes much use of billboards, posters, and license plates designed to mimic soda, liquor, and cigarette ads.
- Sexual Content
- Frank and demonstrative sexual humor and innuendo, Romeo and Juliet share more than a couple of passionate kisses.
- Bloody gangster-style shoot-outs, gun-play, car assaults, murder, and suicide.
- Dialogue is classic, expletive-free Shakespeare.
- Social Behavior
- The violence of this adaptation does an excellent job of obscuring the message of peace at the root of the story.
- Heavy simulations of brand names and products.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Smoking, drinking. A priest imbibes unspecified experimental potions. Romeo swallows a tablet of Ecstasy.
- 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