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-> ''"Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life."''

Modern adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' directed by Creator/BazLuhrmann. It notably [[SettingUpdate updates the setting]] to modern California (in a fictional modern American/Hispanic city called "Verona Beach"), but keeps most of the original dialogue from the play, creating a rather unique adaptation.

Of course, most of the tropes which apply to ''Romeo and Juliet'' also apply to this film.
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!!This film contains examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mercutio.
** Interestingly enough, Tybalt's accusation ("Mercutio! [[HoYay Thou consortest with Romeo!]]) proves to be Mercutio's BerserkButton, meaning he's either CampStraight or the most transparent GayBravado double bluff of all time.
* BadGuysPlayPool: Well, the rivalling Montague clan plays pool while watching news reports on TV.
* BlackBestFriend: Mercutio.
* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: [[spoiler:You got it - Mercutio]].
* BigNo: Romeo after [[spoiler:Mercutio]]'s death.
* {{Camp}}: Guess who? Especially when he's performing in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DivPsjOi8jU&feature=related drag at the Capulets' party]].
* CarFu: Romeo vs. Tybalt.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Montagues wear Hawaiian shirts while Capulets mostly wear summer suits and bulletproof vests bejazzled with Catholic iconography.
* DawsonCasting: Originally the 14 year old NataliePortman was cast as Juliet, but the director thought that the much older LeonardoDiCaprio looked like he was "molesting her", so the [[TheOtherMarty 16-year old Claire Danes was hired instead]].
* DeathWail: Juliet forgoes her final speech for one of these.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Romeo and Juliet die in the same positions they were in just after they had sex a couple of nights before.
* DrivenToSuicide: Romeo and Juliet, [[ItWasHisSled but you should know that already.]]
* DyingCurse: From [[spoiler:Mercutio]], [[DoomedByCanon of course]].
* ElevatorGoingDown: During the ball scene.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Music/{{Radiohead}}'s song that plays over the end credits is named "Exit Music (For a Film)".
* FingerTwitchingRevival: Juliet is revived '''just''' [[DrivenToSuicide as Romeo is preparing to drink the poison!]]
* FamousLastWords: Averted. Juliet's "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die" is never spoken.
* GunFu: This particular version of the Shakespearean play is pretty big on the gunplay, both in the opening scene and in the shootout between Romeo and the cops near the end. Interestingly, guns in this movie are given the names of swords, since the Shakespearean dialogue is almost completely intact..
* GunPorn: Benvolio, Tybalt, and Mercutio sport some of the most [[http://www.imfdb.org/images/f/fe/Benvoliogun.jpg beautifully]] [[http://www.imfdb.org/images/1/1c/Tybaltgun.jpg awesome]] [[http://www.imfdb.org/images/0/02/RJ-02092.jpg pistols]] to ever grace the silver screen.
* TheGunslinger: Most of the characters use guns, but Tybalt in particular gives this impression.
* HappierTimesMontage: Shown after their mutual suicide.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Drag queen Mercutio plays up the potential for this in his lines wherever possible.
* HollywoodKiss: Guess who?
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Baz Luhrmann's ''William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet''
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Romeo and Juliet die in the same pose as their post-coital embrace.
* {{Irony}}: The slogan for the Phoenix gas station which gets blown up in the opening gunfight is 'Add more fuel to your fire'.
* KnightErrant: Romeo is dressed up in armor at the Capulet's party and he calls himself a pilgrim who has traveled to the shrine of Juliet.
* LargeHam: Half of the cast just can't seem to resist the ham. The hammiest of all is definitely Mercutio though.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: "Romeo + Juliet" rather than "Romeo and Juliet."
* MasqueradeBall: The Capulets' party is more like a costume party, though.
* MeetCute: Instead of going the DanceOfRomance route, this adaption has Romeo and Juliet meet from opposite sides of a fish tank in a giggle-inducing scene.
* MindScrew: Romeo takes drugs before the party and sees Tybalt kissing his own aunt, Mercutio singing in drag and the room spinning. Considering [[Creator/BazLuhrmann who directs the film]], it should be expected.
* MistimedRevival: Juliet wakes up ''just'' too late to stop Romeo killing himself. This adaptation makes the timing almost unbearable.
* ModestyBedsheet: Juliet wears one the morning after she sleeps with Romeo. Its strategic placement also helps conceal Romeo putting his pants back on.
* MushroomSamba: Mercutio gives Romeo a hit of "Queen Mab" (MDMA, a.k.a. ecstasy) before the party. The line "thy drugs are quick" is moved from the suicide scene to here for added effect.
* NextSundayAD: The setting is in the late 1990s.
* NoIndoorVoice: About half of the dialogue is screamed in an apparent attempt to make it more exciting for younger audiences.
* NoisyGuns: Romeo finds himself looking down the barrel of a double-barrelled shotgun... accompanied by the sound of a shell being pumped into the chamber.
* OhCrap: Romeo, in a dramatic moment that doesn't occur in the original play.
* PhonyNewscast: The prologue is reinterpreted this way.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Juliet's suicide.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: There are hints throughout the movie that Tybalt and Lady Capulet are having an affair. They smoke the same brown cigarettes, they make out during the costume party, and [[spoiler: Lady Capulet weeps over Tybalt's dead body and shouts "Romeo killed Tybalt, Romeo must not live!"]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The Capulets and Montegues are differentiated this way, with the Capulets being angry and sharply dressed, while the Montegues are more clownish and wear casual Hawaiian shirts.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Romeo goes on one after Mercutio dies.
* RuleOfCool: Half of what Tybalt does can only be described as this.
* SayMyName
--> "JULIEEEEET! JULIEEEEEET!"
* SecretStabWound / MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler:Mercutio]], after being stabbed, pretends his injury is not that serious.
* SettingUpdate: From Late Medieval[=/=]Renaissance Italy to a modern setting reminiscent of LA or Miami.
* SexySoakedShirt: Both Juliet (wearing a white dress no less) and Romeo fall into her pool in the balcony scene. Romeo later gets drenched by rain after leaving Juliet's room.
* SkywardScream:
** Romeo, on realising [[spoiler: Tybalt]]'s death and its consequences. "I AM FORTUNE'S FOOL!"
** Also 'THEN I DEFY YOU, STAAAAARS!'
** "A plague, ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!" ([[spoiler: Mercutio]], right before his death)
* StarCrossedLovers: Guess who.
* StarMakingRole: For LeonardoDiCaprio and Claire Danes.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Juliet on her wedding night.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used for stylistic effect
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This is a ''very'' 90s kinda movie, stylistically and visually.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Benvolio primarily, but most of the Montague boys can't seem to button their shirts.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Paris? In the original story he [[spoiler: was killed by Romeo]], but in this version, he [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears without explanation]]. This makes the Prince's line about losing "a brace of kinsmen" make no sense.
** Various lines imply a completely different time, place or referring to events that don't happen in the adaptation. It's all good though.
** Well, almost--Mercutio was in some way related to the Prince.
* WomanInWhite: Juliet until after losing her virginity. She also dies wearing a white dress as well, and when they first meet, she is wearing a white angel costume.
* WorldOfHam: The film is basically Shakespeare reimagined in an overwrought 90s style.
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