Gnomeo & Juliet is Kid-Friendly Shakespeare
- Friday, February 11, 2011
That changed ending takes liberties with Shakespeare tragedy, but surely the film’s target audience—kids—can wait a few years before immersing themselves in the real Romeo and Juliet. Gnomeo & Juliet won’t change anyone’s world, but it does a nice job of introducing kids to Shakespeare’s classic story, and it provides enough diversion that adults can enjoy themselves, too.
- Language/Profanity: “Let’s go kick some grass”; “junk in the trunk”; in subtitles, a line is translated, “You look hot!”; possible double entendre about a gnome’s hat being “big and pointy”; “witch”; “nitwit.”
- Alcohol: Smoking/Drugs:None.
- Sex/Nudity: A thong-clad gnome; gnomes kiss.
- Violence/Crime: Red and blue gnomes continue an endless feud; they drag-race on lawn mowers; a snarling dog menaces the gnomes; Gnomeo says his mom raised him to hate the red gnomes; gnome hats are broken off, and the gnomes declare, “A hat for a hat!” and “A gnome for a gnome!” and “Revenge!”; an explosion.
- Religion/Morals: A gnome extends his first finger and pinky, making the “horns” gesture; in silhouette, we see a human couple express tenderness and then, later, have an argument and split up, leading a character to state, “Other people’s hate destroyed my love”; Gnomeo “proposes” by asking Juliet to “build a garden” with him.
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