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As You Like It Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Fun retelling, but longer than teens will like it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cunning adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic play is heavy on battles and violence. Celia and Rosalind run away from home to escape the cruel Duke Ferdinand. Brothers Orlando and Oliver and brothers Senior and Frederick do everything they can to destroy one another -- an extreme take on the sibling rivalry most families experience. Often men are seen kicking, punching, and cutting one another. There is also one scene where Rosalind is discovered naked in a pond by Orlando and some scenes of sexual innuendo that, because they're coded in Shakespearean English, will probably be missed by kids.

  • Families can talk about the extreme results of sibling rivalry displayed here. When siblings talk about wanting to hurt each other or even hating each other, where do you think it will lead? Do you think most people let go of these feelings as adults, or not? How does this adaptation compare to other Shakespeare adaptations?

The good stuff
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    Messages: While there's considerable sibling battling, in the end the tale is about love and support.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Ninjas kill guards with a twist of the neck, the duke beats Oliver, a lion attacks Oliver and Orlando. Orlando and Oliver brawl. Oliver lights a shed on fire, intending to burn Orlando alive in it. There is a sumo wrestling match. The Duke threatens to kill Rosalind.

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    Sex: Plenty of sexual innuendo, but in Shakespearean prose. Touchstone mentions his "small offering" to Audrey when they kiss. Orlando catches Rosalind naked in a pond, but nothing is visible.

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    Language: One use of "slut."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An old man drinks from a flask. Some drink wine but no one gets drunk.

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