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Parent of a 15, 16, 16, and 17 year old Written byShakespaereLover March 11, 2011

Shakespeare in love is a great film

this history of William Shakespear while he writes the Romeo and Juliet story shows a woman being strong and acting mature and favorable by the audience
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written bydavideskimo June 10, 2009
This Movie is quite good but it is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS UNDER 15. This movie is quite clean in just about every aspect except sex. There are frequent sex scenes, a couple a bit explicit. There is also a small amount of moaning and "oh yes's" and "coarse language me" oh wait that was the exorcist...oh well anyway it has lots of sex scenes and requires a lot of maturity for viewers. WORLDWIDE RATINGS: America: R - Strong Sexuality UK: - 15 - Sex Australia: M - Frequent Moderate Sex Scenes including a scene of implied bestiality, and a Drug Reference, Mild Battle Violence
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Too much sex
Adult Written byJoe100 April 9, 2008
Parent of a 12 year old Written bycrankylibrarian January 3, 2014

Intelligently sexy and romantic

There is a LOT of sex in this movie, yet it distinguishes between mechanical coupling and the tender passionate lovemaking between Joseph Fiennes' Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as his high-born love. A rousing supporting cast, (Imelda Staunton, Judy Dench, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Geoffrey Rush, and inexplicably, Ben Affleck) round out this heartfelt depiction of how love and poetry can touch even the hardest, most cynical heart.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byjmo97 November 28, 2016

If you watch this with teens or kids, then brace yourself for an awkward viewing experience

Here are some positives: the Shakespearean dialogues were surprisingly entertaining, and the actors had excellent deliveries. The production design, including makeup, costuming, and the setting of the time, really is gorgeous. The story was entertaining, though the most problematic element of the film, the development of the love story, is where parents need to be warned. Will falls in love with Viola because of her impressive audition for a play, and within just weeks, maybe days, they spend a lot of time in the bedroom. Their sex scenes are erotic, and some include images of upper female nudity. But that's not all: when they first kiss, she's disguised as a man, and there's one scene where she is practicing the play disguised as a man and kisses Will. If and when younger audiences see these scenes and think about them in front of parents or other adults, they are more than likely going to have an awkward sitting for the rest of the film. Other scenes of concern include another couple having sex (with partial nudity), sexual references, a few scenes with drinking, an implied murder, a man whose feet are held over fire, and some sword menace. Overall though, I think this is a good movie; I just wouldn't watch it with teens or kids. 7.8/10
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking