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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

 
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At Theaters: 1/1/1999 On Video: 8/10/1999
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 03 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129815
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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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 are unleashed.

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Romantic Comedy - An enjoyable period piece drama/romantic comedy that has broad audience appeal, but will offer a special treat to those who are familiar with Shakespeare's life and plays.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Joseph Fiennes (Elizabeth)
Gwyneth Paltrow (A Perfect Murder)
Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
Director: John Madden (Mrs. Brown)
Producer: David Parfitt
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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.
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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.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 240 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
Your Probability of
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Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
21
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
High
87%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
45
High
98%
30+Adults (M)
58
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
93
Very High
99%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

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.

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