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** Lady Capulet’s reaction to Tybalt’s death. “ROOOOMEO SLEW TYBALT! ROOOOMEO MUST NOT LIVE!

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** Lady Capulet’s Capulet's reaction to Tybalt’s Tybalt's death. “ROOOOMEO "ROOOOMEO SLEW TYBALT! ROOOOMEO MUST NOT LIVE!LIVE!"



*** Mercutio crossdressing in a silver, glittery tube top and miniskirt... Then pulling Romeo's invitation to the party from the bottom of said miniskirt. After seeing that, it's impossible to take his death scene seriously.

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*** Mercutio crossdressing in a silver, glittery tube top and miniskirt...miniskirt. Then pulling Romeo's invitation to the party from the bottom of said miniskirt. After seeing that, it's impossible to take his death scene seriously.

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** Related to the note about keeping the Elizabethan dialogue: some note, given that it ''does'' keep the dialogue as well as a lot of stage directions like scene transitions and fade-outs for acts in the directoral and camera work, it may be one of the better straight adaptations of Shakespeare's work.


* HoYay: The film is simply saturated with this because of the large number of young and attractive half-dressed guys who constantly seem too close to each other. And in addition to everything, it seems that Mercutio in this film is canonically in love with Romeo ...

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* HoYay: The film is simply saturated with this because of the large number of young and attractive half-dressed guys who constantly seem too close to each other. And in addition to everything, it seems that Mercutio in this film is canonically in love with Romeo ...Romeo.



* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original play, but it works because we know it's a convention for old stories. In the '90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.
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* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original play, but it works because we know it's a convention for old stories. In the '90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.
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kiss.


* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Criminal authorities and young bandits, who speak like educated aristocrats of the Elizabethan era? Intentional combination of pretentiousness and eccentricity in the style of MTV 90's? Well, not everyone liked this, yes.



* CultClassic: Critical reception was mixed; some people hated it for not taking itself seriously like previous adaptations, or how the dialogue clashed with the setting. Many fans have argued that Romeo and Juliet wasn't exactly high-brow entertainment in the first place and William Shakespeare himself would approve of the movie if he were alive. Many schools present this movie as a way of introducing students to Shakespeare because it is actually one of the most ''faithful'' film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet out there. It keeps nearly all the original dialogue but re-skins it with modern aesthetics.

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** Lady Capulet’s reaction to Tybalt’s death. “ROOOOMEO SLEW TYBALT! ROOOOMEO MUST NOT LIVE!

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** The [[SignatureScene iconic scene]] in which Romeo and Juliet finally meet each other. Either it's one of the greatest and cutest [[MeetCute Meet Cutes]] in cinematic history or a LoveAtFirstSight scenario that seriously doesn't work in a modern-day setting.

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* SignatureScene: The scene of Romeo and Juliet spotting each other through the aquarium for the first time is easily the most iconic. [[MeetCute And it's so cute!]]


** The whole concept of MTV-ing Shakespeare in general. While some find that updating story makes it catchy, stylish and gives it a kind of youthful charm, others believe that the combination of Shakespeare with modern settings gives us an incredible WorldOfHam with a bunch of really pretentious characters. HilariousInHindsight since this is exactly how critics felt about THE ORIGINAL PLAY when it was first performed in the 1660s. The earliest known review said "this is the worst play I've ever seen in my entire life," while another reviewer said [[EnsembleDarkhorse Mercutio was his favorite character, hands-down.]]

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** The whole concept of MTV-ing Shakespeare in general. While some find that updating story makes it catchy, stylish and gives it a kind of youthful charm, others believe that the combination of Shakespeare with modern settings gives us an incredible WorldOfHam with a bunch of really pretentious characters. HilariousInHindsight since this is exactly how critics felt about THE ORIGINAL PLAY when it was first performed in the 1660s. The earliest known review said "this is called it the worst play I've the writer had ever seen in my entire life," seen, while another reviewer said [[EnsembleDarkhorse Mercutio was his favorite character, hands-down.]]


** The whole concept of MTV-ing Shakespeare in general. While some find that updating story makes it catchy, stylish and gives it a kind of youthful charm, others believe that the combination of Shakespeare with modern settings gives us an incredible WorldOfHam with a bunch of really pretentious characters.
** HilariousInHindsight since this is exactly how critics felt about THE ORIGINAL PLAY when it was first performed in the 1660s. The earliest known review said "this is the worst play I've ever seen in my entire life," while another reviewer said [[EnsembleDarkhorse Mercutio was his favorite character, hands-down.]]

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** The whole concept of MTV-ing Shakespeare in general. While some find that updating story makes it catchy, stylish and gives it a kind of youthful charm, others believe that the combination of Shakespeare with modern settings gives us an incredible WorldOfHam with a bunch of really pretentious characters. \n** HilariousInHindsight since this is exactly how critics felt about THE ORIGINAL PLAY when it was first performed in the 1660s. The earliest known review said "this is the worst play I've ever seen in my entire life," while another reviewer said [[EnsembleDarkhorse Mercutio was his favorite character, hands-down.]]



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Creator/PetePostlethwaite as Father Laurence, due in large part to his actually knowing how Shakespearean dialogue works.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Creator/PetePostlethwaite as Father Laurence, due in large part to his actually knowing how Shakespearean dialogue works.



* FauxSymbolism: Water as the overarching motif (the first shot of Juliet is of her face underwater, the lovers meets across an aquarium, the balcony scene is reset in a swimming pool, [[spoiler:Tybalt]] dies after toppling into a fountain, etc), along with ubiquitous Catholic symbols. And even the director is not quite sure what all of it is actually supposed to mean.
** Baptism?

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* FauxSymbolism: Water as the overarching motif (the first shot of Juliet is of her face underwater, the lovers meets across an aquarium, the balcony scene is reset in a swimming pool, [[spoiler:Tybalt]] dies after toppling into a fountain, etc), along with ubiquitous Catholic symbols. And While many reasons have been given (the main being baptism), even the director is not quite sure what all of it is actually supposed to mean.
** Baptism?
mean.



* {{Narm}}: The guns named after swords were ridiculous enough. "Fetch me my longsword!" Cue a shotgun...
** Made even better by the fact that the full line is "Fetch me my longsword, ho!" He's talking to his wife.

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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The guns named after swords were ridiculous enough. "Fetch me my longsword!" Cue a shotgun...
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shotgun... Made even better by the fact that the full line is "Fetch me my longsword, ho!" He's talking to his wife.



** Romeo losing it at Tybalt right before he kills him. Creator/LeonardoDicaprio's overacting is almost painful, and it's nearly impossible to understand what the hell he's saying when he's screaming that loudly. The way he yells "EITHER THOU, OR I, OR BOTH MUST GO WITH HIM!" over and over, you half expect Tybalt to shout [[Film/ThePrincessBride "STOP SAYING THAT!"]] And it all culminates in Romeo's hilariously overdone scream as he unloads his gun into Tybalt.
*** The Swedish version didn't subtitle that. Either the translators didn't find it important enough, or they simply couldn't hear what he was shouting...
** Mercutio crossdressing in a silver, glittery tube top and miniskirt... Then pulling Romeo's invitation to the party from the bottom of said miniskirt. After seeing that, it's impossible to take his death scene seriously.
*** Even more hilarious when you realize that the dude playing Mercutio is Creator/HaroldPerrineau aka Michael from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. You'd almost expect him to scream [[SayMyName WAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!!]]

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** Romeo losing it at Tybalt right before he kills him. Creator/LeonardoDicaprio's Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio's overacting is almost painful, and it's nearly impossible to understand what the hell he's saying when he's screaming that loudly. The way he yells "EITHER THOU, OR I, OR BOTH MUST GO WITH HIM!" over and over, you half expect Tybalt to shout [[Film/ThePrincessBride "STOP SAYING THAT!"]] And it all culminates in Romeo's hilariously overdone scream as he unloads his gun into Tybalt.
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Tybalt. Even foreign dubs got affected: The Swedish version didn't subtitle that. Either the translators didn't find it important enough, or they simply couldn't hear what he was shouting...
** On Mercutio:
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Mercutio crossdressing in a silver, glittery tube top and miniskirt... Then pulling Romeo's invitation to the party from the bottom of said miniskirt. After seeing that, it's impossible to take his death scene seriously.
*** Even more hilarious when you realize The fact that the dude actor playing Mercutio is Creator/HaroldPerrineau aka Michael from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. You'd almost expect him to scream [[SayMyName WAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!!]]



** [[{{Series/Lost}} Michael]] plays Mercutio!
*** Or [[{{Series/Oz}} Augustus Hill]], depending on your preferred fandom.

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** [[{{Series/Lost}} [[Series/{{Lost}} Michael]] plays Mercutio!
*** Or [[{{Series/Oz}}
(or [[Series/{{Oz}} Augustus Hill]], depending on your preferred fandom.fandom) plays Mercutio!


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** Latin American telenovela fans might recognize that one of the bouncers at the Capulet party is played by Cuban actor Mario Cimarro, who would later become best known for his appearances in telenovelas and for starring in ''Series/PasionDeGavilanes''.


!!William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet


* EarWorm: The entire soundtrack, special mention to the infamously catchy "Lovefool".


* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original play, but it works because we know it's a convention for old stories. In the'90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original play, but it works because we know it's a convention for old stories. In the'90s the '90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.


* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original work, but it works because we know it's convention for old stories. In the'90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original work, play, but it works because we know it's a convention for old stories. In the'90s setting of the film, without a classical atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.


* StrangledByTheRedString: Invoked because of the original work, but the settings can greatly interfere with the perception of this seriously because of the lack of a classical or atmosphere. As a result, in the film, Juliet reads the words about "love that replaced hatred for the worst enemy" after their almost ten-minute meeting and one ardent kiss.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Invoked because of Romeo and Juliet's LoveAtFirstSight can be hard enough to believe in the original work, but the settings can greatly interfere with the perception of this seriously it works because we know it's convention for old stories. In the'90s setting of the lack of film, without a classical or atmosphere. As a result, in the film, atmosphere, it's harder to take it seriously when Juliet reads the words about "love that replaced hatred for the worst enemy" declares "My only love sprung from my only hate" after their almost just a ten-minute meeting scene and one ardent kiss.


** Juliet waking from her faked death just in time for Romeo to realize he goofed (it does come across in the acting) did slip from tragedy to black comedy; for a scene not meant to be funny, it can't be overstated just how perfect the comedic timing is here. Her seeing his dead body is also meant to be moving and tragic but is rendered hilarious by Clare Danes' terrible crying.

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** Juliet waking from her faked death just in time for Romeo to realize he goofed (it does come across in the acting) did slip from tragedy {{tragedy}} to black comedy; {{black comedy}}; for a scene not meant to be funny, it can't be overstated just how perfect the comedic timing is here. Her seeing his dead body is also meant to be moving and tragic but is rendered hilarious by Clare Danes' terrible crying.

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