The Merchant of Venice

2004 R 2h 11m DVD

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The Merchant of Venice

2004 R 2h 11m DVD
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Lacking money to woo an heiress (Lynn Collins), smitten Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) turns to his merchant friend, Antonio (Jeremy Irons), whose cash is tied up. But he secures a loan from Shylock (Al Pacino) on the condition that if Antonio defaults, he'll literally pay with a pound of flesh. Michael Radford directs this lush adaptation of William Shakespeare's incendiary drama about passion and justice amid an anti-Semitic atmosphere.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Al Pacino
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Joseph Fiennes
  • Lynn Collins
  • Zuleikha Robinson
  • Kris Marshall
  • Charlie Cox
  • Mackenzie Crook
  • Heather Goldenhersh
  • John Sessions
  • Gregor Fisher
  • Ron Cook
  • Allan Corduner
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that most teens will have trouble at first following Shakespeare's untouched and dense prose. Given that the anti-Semitism of the time is given explicit treatment with Christian characters spitting on, cursing, threatening, and "damning" Jewish citizens forced to live in a ghetto, parents should be aware that sensitive viewers of any age may be upset and that this plus other mature themes render it unsuitable for younger viewers. A character's life is threatened, a young woman runs away with a man against her father's wishes, a man's anger becomes madness, a young woman refers to being orphaned, characters manipulate and lie to one another, and otherwise "good" people show grave intolerance to others based upon their religion or nationality. There is social drinking. Bare-breasted prostitutes beckon to passing men, and one scene has two characters doing business in a brothel.

Sexual Content

Topless women as a symbol of prostitution or debauchery, implied sexuality.

Violence

Peril, a character's life is endangered.

Language

Some. Shakespeare's insults are impeccably phrased but they are derisive name-calling nonetheless.

Social Behavior

Anti-Semitism is a major theme in this movie with characters being mistreated and abused with no consequences to those who commit the crimes.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking.

  • 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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