Contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing." The story revolves around an attempt to trick a young couple into falling in love, while a plot is also brewing against the happy resolution, before the nuptials take place. With Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher and Spencer Treat Clark. Directed by Joss Whedon. [1:49]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss passionately as they lie on a bed and the man spreads the woman's legs (they are clothed), kisses her chest, unbuttons her shirt and we see her cleavage and bra; the woman wraps her legs around the man's waist as he kneels between her legs, she pants, they kiss passionately and the man rubs the woman's breasts; another man walks into the room, interrupting them and the woman pulls a blanket over herself as the man rolls off her (her cleavage is still visible) and she continues to make sexual noises as the man places his hand under the blanket while speaking with the other man (it is implied that the man is sexually stimulating the woman); the interrupting man leaves and we see the man and woman kissing passionately again.
► We see a very brief flashback of a man and a woman having sex; the woman is seen wearing a bra and the man is on top of her, thrusting. We see a woman lying in bed as a man gets up and kicks aside a woman's bra while getting dressed (he is wearing jeans and we see a portion of his bare chest, and the woman's bare back is visible as she lies in bed with a sheet pulled around her chest; previous sex is implied).
► A man tells another man that the man's fiancée appears to be cheating on him and as he discusses how the woman is having an affair behind his back, and we see a series of scenes; the man spies on the his fiancée from outside her window and the narrator is inside, passionately kissing another woman, including rubbing her breast suggestively after the woman is seen partially unbuttoning her top.
► We see a man and a woman kissing passionately in the background of a scene. A man and a woman lean against a wall, kissing and the man kisses the woman's neck seductively. A man and a woman kiss in front of a crowd. A man and a woman kiss and the man holds the woman tightly as they hug. A man and a woman kiss lightly and hug. A woman is seen lying with her head on a man's chest as they recline, fully clothed, in bed. A man kisses a woman's hand, and then lovingly touches her face. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man tries to put his hand on a woman's back but she pushes his hand away.
► A man flirts extensively with a woman; he exercises and does a series of push-ups and sit-ups as they talk. A man shouts in front of a crowd of people that a woman is not a virgin and he will not marry her (the woman is obviously upset); the man then makes a snide remark about the woman blushing not from modesty but from shame. A man angrily asks a woman who she was in bed with the previous night and a third man (the woman's father) tells the woman that her bridegroom had witnessed her cheating on him a previous night. A man shouts angrily at a woman (his daughter), accusing her of cheating on her fiancé. Two men discuss a woman's appearance at length, one man states that he is attracted to the woman and wants to marry her, and the other man remarks that he is not attracted to the woman. A man teases another man, saying that the man could not impregnate the man's daughter. A man teases another man, referring to the man having sex as "using his quivers." A woman jokes that if she were to marry a man without a beard she might as well have the man dress as a woman. A man dramatically tells two men that a woman would throw herself to the ground in love for the man. Two men tease a man, saying that he got his haircut and smells good because he is in love. A man reads aloud a rhyme that ends with "porn."
► We see a woman under the covers of her bed and she appears to be pulling on underwear before she gets out of the bed. We see a woman wearing a bikini as she jumps into a swimming pool. A man is seen wearing swimming trucks as he gets out of a swimming pool (his bare back and chest are visible). Two female acrobats perform wearing one-piece bathing suits.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two police officers with guns drawn rapidly approach a man and a woman and during a long discussion the officers accuse the man and the woman of trickery; we later see the man and the woman being interrogated by the police after being placed under arrest.
► A man slaps another man. A man angrily shouts at another man, shoves the man against a wall, with his arm under the man's chin and the two men shout in one another's faces. A man shoves a woman into a man's arms; the woman is unharmed. A woman angrily shouts at the man and runs away. A woman shouts angrily at a man, saying that if she were a man that she would "eat another heart" out of revenge. A man curses his daughter, shouting that it would be better that she had died of shame than to be alive and cursed as a woman who had cheated on her fiancé.
► A woman asks a man to kill another man for bringing shame to her cousin and the man agrees after much argument (the man does not kill the other man). A woman asks two men how many people a man had killed during a war, joking that she had offered to "eat the dead" of the man; the men laugh and say that the man would have to define the number of soldiers the other man had killed. A man sarcastically thanks another man for causing his daughter so much shame that she died. A woman sarcastically remarks to a man that she would take pleasure in the "point of a knife" more than speaking to the man.
► A man is seen hiding a gun in the closet of a young (unseen through the movie) girl's bedroom.
► We see a man and a woman wearing plastic cuffs being led out of a car and a detective cuts the cuffs from the man and woman's wrists.
► A woman falls down a small set of stairs with a thud (she gets up unharmed). A woman crawls on the ground and when she sits up, she smacks her head on the underside of a kitchen island; she is unharmed. A woman faints, falls to the ground and another woman runs to her and says that she believes the woman is dead; the woman awakens unharmed as an older man advises that she feign dead to make her former fiancé feel bad and believe that he had shamed her to death. A man accidentally bumps into a woman as he turns to leave. Two men jokingly wrestle one another on a bed and they stop when another man walks in the room. A man and woman playfully wrestle one another as they reach for pieces of paper.
► A man jokes that if a woman's breath was as bad as her attitude that she would kill everything "to the stars." A man sarcastically refers to a woman's relationship with a man as "an unseen war." A woman jokes that a man would humor people, and then the people would turn and "beat" him. In a half-joking soliloquy, a man remarks that he thought he would have died before he was married. Two male police officers joke that a thief is so good that he could "steal away from the night."
► A woman almost spits a drink out on herself.
PROFANITY 3 - 7 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, a man makes a vaguely racist remark about liking a man even if he were African, name-calling (pestilence, pernicious suitor, Prince's jester, foul, food, poor hurt fool, harpy, self-endeared, hobby horse, dangerous piece of lechery, nave, signs and semblance of a homer, rotten orange, seemingly wanton, animal enrages with blood in lust, tempered in blood, common stale, most foul, villains, savage, cowardice, slanderers, lying knave, shallow fools, naughty man), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes marijuana (she throws down what appears to be a marijuana joint when two police officers appear). Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol and wine, a woman appears to be intoxicated from drinking, a man pours a series of alcoholic shots for a group of men and women and they drink the shots together, and two men share a flask of what is presumed to be alcohol. We see an ashtray filled with cigarette butts
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Modern interpretation of Shakespeare, revenge, slander, fidelity.
MESSAGE - Sometimes worries are much ado about nothing.