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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Untrustworthiness is a running theme; most of the characters get into trouble by trusting those they shouldn't. But on a certain level, the movie promotes asking questions, rather than blindly accepting the status quo.
Positive Role Models
This Shakespeare adaptation is full of brooders, self-absorbed tyrants, and liars. But some do eventually stop to ask what's really going on.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting; character is beheaded (blood shown); other dead characters -- and some buried alive; golf club bashing to the head (off screen); cop-shooting; blood spurt sounds; skateboarder smashes into a cop car; character throws another one to the floor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A male character moves his hand under his pants to his crotch (impending masturbation implied). Also kissing, some sex-related dialogue, and a male character naked (nothing sensitive shown).
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Products & Purchases
Frequent use of iPhones, iPads, and Apple computers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cymbeline is a modern-day Shakespeare adaptation. Violence is the main issue; there are lots of guns and shootings, plus bloody wounds, a beheading, a character buried alive, dead bodies, beating/fighting, and more. On the sex side of things, there's kissing and sex-related dialogue, and a male character moves his hand under his clothes as if he's preparing to masturbate. Language isn't an issue aside from one use of "hell." This is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, so it probably won't appeal to teens as much as Romeo & Juliet or Hamlet might, but it's worth a look. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Shakespeare fans will find that Cymbeline -- which plays a little like Romeo & Juliet but with a more hopeful ending -- is very much worth a look. Sometimes remembered for his experimental filmmaking with the Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, director Michael Almereyda previously worked with Hawke on a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet (2000), which became his most famous film. Now the two have reteamed for another Shakespeare adaptation -- this time the lesser-known, late-period Cymbeline.
As with the pair's Hamlet, Cymbeline makes the most of its contemporary locations and props, with skateboards, iPhones, and iPads figuring intriguingly into the plot and gas stations and graffiti-covered walls serving as backdrops. Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is remarkably good in her role, as is Hawke in the nastily playful, Iago-like role of Iachimo. Some of the other actors seem a bit awkward, and the final act wrap-up feels disjointed and rushed -- with an uninspired parking lot setting -- but on the whole, it works.
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