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Still shot from the movie: Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing

A modern setting mixed with antiquated language and artsy photography brings a novel approach to Shakespeare's classic story. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 108
Theater Release: 07 Jun 2013
Video Release: 08 Oct 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Which of these couples do you think has the best chance for success? How might Claudio’s quick judgment about Hero’s supposed indiscretions affect their relationship? Why does she appear to be so quick to forgive him? What challenges will Benedick and Beatrice have to overcome? How can the kind of caustic communication they engage in wear away at a relationship? How difficult will it be for them to change their pattern of mean-spirited dialogue with one another?

How are sexual roles depicted in this production? Why does there appear to be a different standard for virtue when it comes to men and women? Are these expectations similar today?

How does a lack of facts and snap judgments contribute to misunderstandings among these characters? How do similar kinds of misunderstandings end more tragically in Shakespeare’s other works?

Learn more about Shakespeare and his play, Much Ado About Nothing.

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