A young Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) finds inspiration
to write "Romeo & Juliet" after he falls in love with the soon-to-be-married
Gwyneth Paltrow. With Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Rupert Everett
and Tom Wilkinson.
SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo. Lots of kissing, often passionately. Several
sex scenes: In two scenes a man and a woman are moving rhythmically but they're almost
fully-clothed -- we only see the woman's shoulder and also a little bit of skin
between the top of a man's trousers and the bottom of his shirt. In another scene a
man and woman undress each other; we then see a side shot of the woman's breast, the
man's chest, and their bare backs and shoulders as they make love. We also see the
woman's bare legs and breasts as she's preparing to have intercourse. In another
scene, a man undresses a woman -- we only see her bare shoulders -- and sex is implied.
And there are a few scenes in which a man and woman are lying in bed, obviously naked, but
covered by sheets.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man's feet are held over hot coals and a knife is
held to a man's neck. A man threatens to cut off another's ears and nose. We
learn a man has been stabbed in a tavern, but see nothing on-screen. Several sword fights
in which men fence, punch and throw objects at each other. In a stage play, two men are
stabbed, a woman stabs herself, and a man drinks poison. We see several people underwater,
drowning. A man falls from a balcony and is chased by a group of watchmen. A man grabs a
boy's crotch to make him speak in a higher pitch. A man kicks a small boy. A woman
slaps a man in the face and a man grabs another by the neck.
PROFANITY 3 - One fairly innocent F-word derivative, a few scatological and
anatomical references and one mild obscenity. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unrequited love, erotic love, arranged marriages, loyalty,
responsibility to oneself, challenging authority, justice, gender issues.
MESSAGE - Obey the demands of your deepest passions -- but remember the
consequences that stem from such obedience.