Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

PG  |   |  Romance, Comedy, Musical  |  31 March 2000 (UK)
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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. The film tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.



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The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings. Written by Tender Branson

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Rated PG for sensuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Peines d'amour perdues  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£143,649 (UK) (31 March 2000)


$284,291 (USA) (7 July 2000)

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The actors did their own singing. See more »


During the tearing of the contract, Berowne mouths Longaville's lines along with him. See more »


King Ferdinand of Navarre, The: For all the wealth that ever I did see I would not have him know so much by me.
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Version of Love's Labour's Lost (1985) See more »


Cheek To Cheek
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard and Adrian Lester
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It's cheesy, sappy and delightfully romantic
8 April 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Love's Labour's Lost is a delightful song and dance compendium of classic song and dance blended with classic literature. The drama and acting are way over the top. But the broad stroke of the actors art is required as an important element of the Shakespearean craft. There is a delightful energy to the show and an alluring innocence as one might expect from a forties musical. It is classically campy with delightful bits of direction augmented by stunning costume and decoration. But mostly, it is just fun. Let the show flow without study or analysis and have some fun with the words, dance and songs. I would recommend this show for those who are inexperienced with Shakespeare work as an introduction to the art. It is also for those who do not take the works of Shakespeare as gospel not to be trifled.

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