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Romeo and Juliet Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that four centuries haven't diminished the relevance of this tragic and brilliantly worded story, in which the examples of two feuding families drive home a fatal point. Still, teens may see the story as a glamorization of suicide and the subject is well worth discussing with them.

  • Families can talk about the movie's depiction of suicide.
  • Why do the two families hate one another?
  • How does the ending make you feel about love?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Buried beneath the lyricism and romance is a basic mesaage promoting peace.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Despite the sweeping romance of the story, Romeo and Juliet take their own lives, disobey their parents, and Romeo even commits murder. Romantic and heart-breaking? Absolutely! Role model worthy? Definitely not!

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Bitter quarreling leads to murder and suicide. Some deadly swordplay. Two young people take their own lives.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nude male posterior and a glimpse of breasts in a tasteful bed scene.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue