But more than anything, Joss Whedon and Much Ado give movie lovers a momentary escape from more mindless stories where the highlight is something blowing up for no reason at all.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking, sometimes to excess. Cigarette smoking, plus a scene where two characters share a hand-rolled cigarette.
  • Language/Profanity: A running joke about someone calling another person an as-. Two uses of bast---. A couple of exclamations of God's name.
  • Sex/Nudity: No nudity, and the sex scenes are more implied than explicit. One such encounter kicks off the movie with a woman's bra and panties shown in a heap on the floor as her lover leaves. Another unmarried couple is shown in bed together (kissing, caressing of the woman's clothed breast), plus there are a couple of other scenes that discreetly suggest sexual activity.
  • Violence: Discussion of killing another character for the emotional distress he caused.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the MeddlersBased in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.

Publication date: June 22, 2013