What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this version of William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern-day Los Angeles but performed using the original text, may bring the play to new life in ways that both teens and adults will appreciate. Director Joss Whedon's decision to set the play in the present works, making it more approachable and fun. Expect some drinking among party goers and one brief glimpse of marijuana smoking. One salty word makes a repeated appearance ("ass"), and there are some sexually charged scenes (including one where the shadow of a couple engaged in a sexual act is glimpsed).
  • Families can talk about the messages in the story. What is the movie, and Shakespeare's play, saying about gossip? Can it be harmful?
  • Benedick and Beatrice are the perfect examples of "opposites attract." But is this really true in real life?
  • Why are Shakespeare's plays popular in Hollywood? Does this version of Much Ado About Nothing, set in modern day, work? Can you think of any other plays you'd like to see in a modern setting?
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