A Midsummer Night's Dream

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Sumptuous version, both earthy and enchanted.

PG-13 1999 116 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 15+

Talk about consent

While this is a visually appealing version of the classic, and makes Shakespeare easy to understand, I had a problem with the rape. I had never noticed it before - maybe I did this time because I've been very carefully teaching my son about consent. The queen and Puck very clearly have sex in one scene (it is not actually *shown*, but it is pretty obvious). The queen had been given a drug, so she couldn't give consent. Bottom, of course, doesn't know this, so he's a victim as well. Puck knows, and finds it amusing. The king knows. This is all hammered home in the final scene, when the queen clearly has no memory of what happened. This is rape, played for laughs, and because it's a "magic" drug, most people don't seem to think about the parallel here to a girl getting slipped a date rape drug. I had a long talk with my son after watching this, and I hope you talk to your child as well.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

Terrrific intro to Shakespeare for tweens

One of the funniest adaptations of one of Shakespeare's funniest plays. Stanley Tucci steals the show, playing Puck as a decidedly earthbound underling, in awe of, yet exasperated by his suave demanding boss Oberon. The lovers (Including Dominic West from "The Wire" and "Batman" Christian Bale) pull off some wonderful slapstick, yet Kevin Kline (Bottom) and the other mechanicals are unexpectedly touching.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex

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