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Still shot from the movie: Romeo and Juliet (2013).

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Screenwriter Julian Fellowes adapts William Shakespeare famous story about the tragic love affair between Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), members of rival families. The movie has a traditional setting and is directed by Carlo Carlei. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 11 Oct 2013
Video Release: 04 Feb 2014
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.

The Prince of Verona organizes a sporting competition between the Capulets and Montegues in hopes of keeping the fighting off the streets. How is the families’ feud affecting the other residents of the city? What are the reasons for their fighting?

What is the moral dilemma the apothecary faces when Romeo asks him for poison? How does he justify his decision? Can finances dictate moral decisions for some people?

Juliet’s nurse is her close confident and friend. What role did these servants play in the lives of the families they worked for? Why were they often closer to the children than their parents?

Might this story have ended differently if Romeo and Juliet had talked to their parents? Do you think their families might be willing to put aside their differences or did it have to take the death of their children to make them see their foolishness?

Learn more about Shakespeare and his play Romeo and Juliet.

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