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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

 
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At Theaters: 5/14/1999 On Video: 11/23/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 059907
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Crashing and flailing, and falling into mud puddles, a foursome find themselves near the secret home of the fairies, where water nymphs and satyrs party into the night at the fairy bars and cafes. Chaos ensues when the trickster Puck administers a secret love potion, causing the lovers to mix-and-match with outrageous results.

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Romantic Comedy - Fans of Shakespeare's works will enjoy this sunny adaptation of his famous romantic comedy. The Elizabethan language may confuse younger audiences, but they should be able to understand nonetheless.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michelle Pfeiffer (One Fine Day)
Kevin Kline (French Kiss)
Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding)
Sophie Marceau (Lost & Found)
Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine)
Calista Flockhart (Telling Lies in America)
Director: Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day)
Producer: Leslie Urdang (Me and Veronica)
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PROFANITY: Very rare instances of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity; brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: A slap.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some cigarette and alcohol use.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Plenty of slapstick and verbal humor.
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The assembled talents of an all-star cast are exploited most delightfully in Michael Hoffman's adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. While as sunny and sweet as the Bard's original romantic comedy of errors, this update isn't always dreamy; strangely enough, the farcical forest-set second act of romantic misunderstanding--the focal point of the play and the film--is the part that works the least well in the film. However, the impassioned performances and the material's classic romantic spell should leave moviegoers swooning.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 118 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
7
High
86%
13-19Teens (F)
33
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Fairly Low
60%
30+Adults (M)
20
Fairly High
80%
30+Adults (F)
49
High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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In the piazza before a grand renaissance house in the Tuscan countryside, preparations are underway for Duke Theseus' wedding. Unremarked, two small figures mingle with the townspeople, collecting odd treasures to be carted off to an unknown destination . . .

As if his bride Hippolyta weren't skittish enough at the approach of their wedding, the Duke is obliged to listen to the complaints of opposing sides in a dispute over an arranged marriage: Crusty old Egeus has promised his daughter Hermia to Demetrius, but Hermia loves Lysander and wants to marry him.

Ordered by the Duke to obey her father, Hermia plans to elope with her true love, using a new-fangled invention: the bicycle. But Hermia's best friend Helena, who is in love with Demetrius, warns him of their plot. That night, when the lovers flee into the forest, Demetrius takes after them on his own bike, with a determined Helena pedaling in hot pursuit.

Bound for the same woods are a band of amateur thespians: five workmen from the village in search of a secluded spot to rehearse "The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe." Even though their star, Bottom the Weaver, is the ham of hams and a comical figure in the village, they hope to perform the play before the Duke on the day of his wedding and be handsomely rewarded for their efforts.

Unknown to lovers and thespians alike, their journey into the dark forest has brought them near the secret home of the fairies, where the fairy trickster Puck administers a powerful love potion that causes the lovers to mix and match with outrageous results. As for the workmen, their rehearsal is about to be interrupted when Bottom, succumbing to Puck's spells, becomes a pawn in the love games of Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies.

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