Romeo + Juliet
USA 1996, 120 min, Digital, Dir: Baz Luhrmann
  • Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 7:00PM

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is fast-forwarded to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred to violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily -- and with serious consequences -- on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio, and Father (not Friar) Lawrence for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris. It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must... This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. (Tracie Cooper, Rovi)

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Rating: 14A (14A)

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