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Private Romeo

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy Shakespeare update with all-male cast has sex, drugs.

Movie NR 2011 98 minutes
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Although there are some serious flaws, the acting is so superb in this retelling that it's worth watching for the performances alone. The actor who plays Mercutio (Hale Appleman), in particular, is mesmerizing in PRIVATE ROMEO, and Romeo (Sam Singleton) and Juliet (Matt Doyle) are not far behind. They give so many nuances to their lines and perform with such passion that it's a bit jarring when the scene changes to the cadets blandly reading the play in class.

If this were simply a faithful retelling with this all-male cast, it may have been less avant-garde (the play was originally performed with only men, after all), but it would have been much easier to follow. Actors play multiple characters, large chunks of dialogue from the play are missing, and the feud between Capulets and Montagues is never successfully translated to this modern milieu. But mature teens or adults looking for an edgy, interesting introduction to Shakespeare may just get hooked on the Bard after watching these compelling performances.

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