As You Like It

  • Review Date: January 18, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 127 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Fun retelling, but longer than teens will like it.
  • Review Date: January 18, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 127 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there's considerable sibling battling, in the end the tale is about love and support.

Violence

Ninjas kill guards with a twist of the neck, the duke beats Oliver, a lion attacks Oliver and Orlando. Orlando and Oliver brawl. Oliver lights a shed on fire, intending to burn Orlando alive in it. There is a sumo wrestling match. The Duke threatens to kill Rosalind.

Sex

Plenty of sexual innuendo, but in Shakespearean prose. Touchstone mentions his "small offering" to Audrey when they kiss. Orlando catches Rosalind naked in a pond, but nothing is visible.

Language

One use of "slut."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An old man drinks from a flask. Some drink wine but no one gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cunning adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic play is heavy on battles and violence. Celia and Rosalind run away from home to escape the cruel Duke Ferdinand. Brothers Orlando and Oliver and brothers Senior and Frederick do everything they can to destroy one another -- an extreme take on the sibling rivalry most families experience. Often men are seen kicking, punching, and cutting one another. There is also one scene where Rosalind is discovered naked in a pond by Orlando and some scenes of sexual innuendo that, because they're coded in Shakespearean English, will probably be missed by kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Want love and action? Consider AS YOU LIKE IT, the Shakespeare adaptation that has moony love and ninjas to satisfy all viewers. In an English enclave in feudal Japan, the family of Duke Senior (Brian Blessed) finds itself suddenly on the lam in a Japanese forest, fleeing the deadly attack of Senior's brother, Ferdinand (also Brian Blessed) waged to overtake Senior's position. Along the way, however, Rosalind (The Village's Bryce Dallas Howard) meets Orlando (David Oyelowo) and falls instantly in love. Once in the forest, the lovelorn Rosalind comes up with a scheme: masquerade as a man to be close to Orlando, while the whole company of the banished duke waits to return to their home.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Shakespeare adaptations are never an easy sell for teens, what with their foreign-sounding turns of phrase and air of English class, but Kenneth Branagh's version may fair slightly better than others. The cons: At a little more than two hours long and true to Shakespeare's language, it's likely to lose teens' interest before the silly, romantic ending. For them, 10 Things I Hate About You may be a better starting place. The pros: The cast is amazing -- Howard is effervescent and easy to follow. Kevin Kline's morose spiritual seeker may seem an awful lot like a sulky teenager, with lines like, "I can suck melancholy from a song as a weasel sucks eggs."

Branagh's idea to move the play from England to Japan is brilliant and adds a new layer of interest. Plus -- ninjas and sumo wrestlers. What could be better? The antic second half, full of Three's Company-style mistaken identities, quick banter, and a very happy ending will satisfy the romantics in the audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the extreme results of sibling rivalry displayed here. When siblings talk about wanting to hurt each other or even hating each other, where do you think it will lead? Do you think most people let go of these feelings as adults, or not? How does this adaptation compare to other Shakespeare adaptations?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 1, 2006
DVD release date:September 25, 2007
Cast:Alfred Molina, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline
Director:Kenneth Branagh
Studio:HBO
Genre:Drama
Topics:Book characters
Run time:127 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:violence and some sexual material.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byajith king November 9, 2011
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really a great story
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 14 year old Written byAbhishek pandey April 13, 2011
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very nice film eveybody should see it . very valuable also
Teen, 14 years old Written byNerdMaster April 25, 2010
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When orlando and oliver are gored, it shows large amounts of blood as would actually be expected, but violence is not a theme of the movie. As a young teen, I found it at times hard to follow, but once you get into it, it's funny, entertaining, and enthralling. Ending was kind of wierd though.
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