A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows the power of a good love story to compel an audience.
Positive Role Models
While a strong female character goes after the love she wants at a time in history when it was very difficult to do so, she is still after a married man. Shakespeare goes against what's popular and follows his own creative path, even though it could lead him to ruin.
Violence & Scariness
Sword and dagger fighting. A man's boot-clad feet are burned as punishment for an unpaid debt; his torturers then threaten to cut off his ears if the sum is not soon repaid.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Numerous sexual encounters, some with nudity.
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Bawdy banter and a few expletives.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in a tavern and a brothel. Alcohol-induced disorder erupts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has numerous racy moments, including graphic sexual scenes and partial female nudity. Much of the dialogue carries a crass sexual undertone. However, the violence, consisting mostly of sword and dagger battles, is relatively benign for a teenage audience. 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 in Love paints a stunning, nuanced portrait of life and theater in the Elizabethan era. All the actors thoroughly embody their characters, from the brooding eyes and ink-stained fingers of Joseph Fiennes' Shakespeare, to Gwyneth Paltrow's ethereal and independent Viola, and a superlative cast of supporting actors, including Ben Affleck as a prima donna actor and Judi Dench as a formidable Queen Elizabeth.
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