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As You Like It

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun retelling, but longer than teens will like it.

Movie PG 2006 127 minutes
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very nice film eveybody should see it . very valuable also

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Shakespeare adaptations are never an easy sell for teens, with their foreign-sounding turns of phrase and air of English class, but Kenneth Branagh's version may fare 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.

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