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Hamlet Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see Hamlet and Ophelia making love (without nudity), plus sword fights and poisonings. This is the only full-length production of the play on film.

  • Families can talk about whether it makes Shakespeare's work more accessible. Did the actors help you understand the arcane language? Why do you think the director choose to commit the entire play to film rather than trim it as other film versions do?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Sword fights and poisoning.

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    Sex: Hamlet and Ophelia make love onscreen, incarnating a relationship only suggested in the text. No nudity.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue