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Gnomeo and Juliet

  • Rated G

anime & animation, children & family

From the director of Shrek 2 comes your chance to step into the secret world of garden gnomes - Gnomeo & Juliet.

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Creative, much less tragic take on classic love story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Shakespeare-inspired animated comedy features some of the same overall themes as Romeo and Juliet, minus most of the bloodshed and the tragic ending. Although there's still serious enmity between the Montague and the Capulet gnomes, the violence isn't as prominent. A couple of gnomes do get smashed (or maimed), but most of the destruction is to the gardens themselves. Language is limited to insults and slang like "shut up," "codger," and "daft." Mature tweens who enjoy the story may be ready for the real play or more serious Shakespeare adaptations.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes Romeo and Juliet such a timeless story. What's so fascinating about "doomed love"? What are some other movies loosely based on Romeo and Juliet?
  • Why couldn't the blue and red gnomes get along? Did the gnomes have understandable reasons for wanting to get back at each other? How else could they have solved their problems?
  • The William Shakespeare statue jokes that the original story doesn't end well; how did the filmmakers modify the ending here? Do you think it's OK to change a classic story? In this version, what motivates the two sides to come together?

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3 stars

I'm not a person who likes Shakespeare's work, which some may find shocking, but I find his work just uninteresting and hard to figure out what the hell is going on, but I found this film Shockingly, and I MEAN SHOCKINGLY good. Sure it isn't the best animated film I've seen, and there are a lot of unfunny and stupid jokes, but the animation is nice, the music is well composed, and the characters are interesting and likable (Except the frog), and the pacing and action is actually pretty decent.

- skeletonking101, Tuesday, October 11, 2011