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Romeo and Juliet | 2013 | PG-13 | - 4.5.2

Another telling of the tragic Shakespearean love story about feuding families in 16th century Verona. With Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Laura Morante, Tomas Arana, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Wisdom, Christian Cooke, Ed Westwick, Lesley Manville, Anton Alexander and Paul Giamatti. Directed by Carlo Carlei. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A husband and his wife hug, she takes him to a bed where they hold hands and caress each other, they begin removing each others clothing (we see him bare-chested and she wears an article of underclothing that reveals a portion of her upper chest and shoulders), they kiss and lie back and we see him lie on top of her as the scene ends (sex is implied).
 Women wear period costumes that include low-cut dresses with tight-fitting bodices; cleavage and bare upper backs and shoulders are seen in several scenes. A young man's shirt hangs open and reveals his bare chest and upper abdomen. A young woman wears a low-cut nightdress that reveals her bare upper chest. A shirtless young man gets out of bed and pulls on his clothes (his bare chest and abdomen are seen). A man's shirt hangs open and we see his bare chest and upper abdomen.
 A young man and a young woman sleep in each other's arms (his bare chest and upper abdomen are shown). A young man and a young woman kiss passionately several times while talking of love on her balcony. A young man and a young woman leave a crowded celebration; they hold hands, he removes her party mask, caresses her face and they kiss tenderly twice while confessing their love to each other. A young man and a young woman kiss on an altar after having been married. A young man and a young woman walk along a river and he presses her against a tree where they kiss. A husband holds his wife around the abdomen and kisses her neck and cheek. A young man lies next to a presumably dead young woman and caresses her hand and face, then kisses her.
 A young man looks at a young woman longingly as she enters a celebration and dances with another man. Men, young men, women and young women dance at a celebration. A woman asks a man to dance and he accepts.
 A man talks to another man about "wooing" his young daughter and making arrangements for them to marry. Several scenes feature men, young men and young women talking about love, romance and kissing. A man addresses his friends as "lusty gentlemen." A young man speaks of beauty as he watches a young woman dance. A young man speaks of a young woman "that I might touch that cheek" as he watches her on a balcony and longs to be near her. A young woman speaks of loving a young man. A young man tells a young woman that "You leave me unsatisfied" when she leaves him on a balcony. A wife makes reference to her husband having an extra-marital affair.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man spits on another man's shoe, holds a sword toward him and they fight, as do others; one man is stabbed in the abdomen (we hear a crunch, see blood on the blade and in his mouth) and he falls to the ground and dies. A young man chases a man, and the man shoves the young man into a building where they fight with swords; one of them is knocked to the ground, then kicked and one is stabbed through the back (we hear a crunch) and he falls to the ground where he dies. A man pulls a sword on a young man and yells at him; the young man turns to leave, but goes back with his sword drawn and they fight until one is run through (we hear a crunch and see him lying on the ground where he dies). A young woman stabs herself in the abdomen and dies (we see no blood). A young man drinks a poison and dies.
 A man shoves another man as he passes him in a crowded market area; they and two other men draw their swords and fight joined by several others; one man yells, "I hate peace and the Montagues!" and slashes at his opponent until a man on horseback berates them all and orders the violence to cease "On pain of death."
 Two men on horseback and carrying javelins ride around a ring, each trying to force the other off their horse, and ultimately to retrieve a ring hanging above the track; one rider snatches the ring on his javelin and the other dismounts angrily, spitting on the ground and storming out of the arena.
 A young woman drinks a liquid and lies back on her bed; she appears dead and her nurse screams and runs out when she discovers her; we see the young woman's parents and her fiancé grieving later and during a procession to a tomb and the young woman is shown lying motionless on a slab. A man is shown wearing armor and lying dead on a slab in a tomb (we see his face).
 A man slaps a young man in the face. A young man draws a dagger and threatens to take his own life (he does not). A young woman holds a knife and threatens to take her own life (she does not). A man rises angrily and draws his sword, making threats toward a young man at a crowded celebration until another man grabs his arm, yells at him and shoves him back into his chair. A man with swords practices with a dummy.
 A young man climbs a wall to reach a balcony where a young woman is standing and she protests that his presence is dangerous. A man yells at his young daughter, throws her on a bed and raises his fist to her (he does not hit her) while saying that she can "Beg, starve or hang; I don't care." Two men argue and a teen boy tries to stop them. A man, after hearing of a duel, says of a young man, "He's already dead." A man carrying a list of names in a crowded square asks a young man, "Can you read?" A man talks of "violent passions" and "violent ends." A man talks to a teen boy about running "his host straight through." A young man says, "I have murdered my tomorrow" after killing a man. People talk about a young woman being "imprisoned by her grief." A man calls his young daughter a "puking fool."
 We see severed turkey feet hanging in an apothecary.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (fool, puking fool, villain, dog), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My Dear God, holy St. Francis, So Help Me God, God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young woman drinks a liquid that gives the appearance of death (cold skin and no heart beat), a man mixes a liquid and gives it to a young woman while describing what it will do to her, a man talks of instant death from ingesting a part of a flower, and a young man drinks a poison and dies. People drink alcohol at a celebration, and a man drinks from a bottle while walking along a street.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family feuds, resolving differences, love, hate, honor, dueling, best intentions, love, long lasting love, exile, torture, mutiny, calamity, poverty, mercy.

MESSAGE - Ongoing feuds will lead to tragedy.

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