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The story follows the trials and tribulations of Will Shakespeare,
a struggling young playwright suffering from a dreadful bout of
writer's block. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem
to make any headway. But then, Will meets and falls instantly
in love with the Viola. Inspired by love, Will's creative powers
PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent. SEX/NUDITY: Multiple scenes of a woman's bare breasts during sex. Four sex scenes. VIOLENCE: One brawl. One sword fight. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional drinking. ACTION: One chase scene and one fight scene. COMEDY: Several extremely funny moments, and numerous less-funny ones.
At first glance, Shakespeare in Love appears to be little more than a period piece romantic comedy. However, for admirers of Shakespeare, there's a great deal more to appreciate. Numerous aspects of the script are peppered with elements from the Bard's plays: mistaken identities, transvestites, ghosts, poetry, and significant chunks of dialogue from "Romeo and Juliet." For most of the two hour running length, the script seamlessly blends comedy, romance, and light drama. An added bonus is that, unlike in most romantic comedies, the ending isn't a foregone conclusion. Shakespeare in Love is not a great film, but it's an excuse to have an evening of pure enjoyment with a little culture painlessly mixed in.
The story set in London in 1593, follows the trials and tribulations
of Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes), a struggling young playwright
suffering from a dreadful bout of writer's block. No matter how
hard he tries, he just can't seem to make any headway with his
latest work, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter."
Somehow, even the title doesn't sound quite right.
But then, Will meets and falls instantly in love with the startlingly
beautiful Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) who, desperate to become an
actor (in a time when women are not allowed to perform in the
theater), disguises herself as a man to audition for his play.
Inspired by love, Will's creative powers are unleashed as his
great love story, "Romeo and Juliet," is brought to
life for the first time.