All member reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

Common Sense Media says

Joss Whedon makes teen-friendly Shakespeare; some drinking.
 

Users say

(out of 3 reviews)
age 14+
 
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Parent of a 16 and 19 year old Written byStitcher July 12, 2013
age 16+
 

Wow, what passes for PG-13, as long as no one is naked!

Not sure if the site reviewer watched this all the way through -- While there is little to no nudity, there is alot more sex than the Commonsense review presents. The "couple making out" is a mostly clothed couple having sex (while speaking lines of dialog), and the foreplay continues (woman moaning) while the man talks to the interrupter. Really a disturbing scene. Also, what CSM calls "some drinking among party goers" is a serious understatement. Every surface in the kitchen is covered with bottles and glasses of alcohol, and most of the characters are drinking and drunk most of the time, either lining up shots, drinking from hip flasks, etc. I enjoyed the different take on Shakespeare, but I would not take young teens, unfortunately,.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 12 year old Written bycrankylibrarian January 3, 2014
age 13+
 

Much Ado for adults

A dark, more mature take than the joyous Branagh version, in cool black and white with more sinister overtones. Everything works out in the end, just barely, but there's an underlying sense of menace. Implied casual sex and LOTS of drinking. I think of this as the "nice" version of Taming of the Shrew; the same battle of the sexes banter, except both parties end up giving a little and neither is totally humiliated or subjugated. Hero and Claudio may be the Dullest Lovers in Shakespeare, but who could resist the reluctantly lovesick Benedict: "I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is that not strange?" Yes, wondrously strange. And wonderful that this is a story of two former lovers who broke each other's hearts, and must conquer their mutual distrust before the happy ending. A mature Romeo and Juliet, no longer starry eyed, but old enough to know what they're doing and yet still fall rapturously in love.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bytolkien geek mi April 22, 2015
age 14+
 

It's Shakespeare so...

I liked this version of Much Ado. If I wanted to be picky...Conrade and Benedick weren't great. But overall it was very good. Very modern and classy. However, it's Shakespeare so... there's some language and a lot of suggestive dialogue. Admittedly it takes a couple times to discover most of the content. There's a bit of violence that could frighten younger children (though they probably wouldn't have much interest anyways) - a father smacks his adult daughter, a faux funeral procession. Also, there's one scene of implied sexual content. Nothing's explicit but there's an overtone that Don Jon may have forced himself on his lover. Overall it's a lovely film. Beautifully shot and well acted. But probably not appropriate...or interesting...for most young teens and below.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking