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Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. Love's Labour's Lost 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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31 March 2000 (UK)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,496 (USA) (9 June 2000)

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$284,291 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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During the tearing of the contract, Kenneth Branagh mouths Matthew Lillard's lines along with him. See more »

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Boyet: If my observation, which very seldom lies by the heart's still rhetoric disclosed with eyes, deceived me not now, Navarre is infected.
The Princess: With what?
Boyet: With that which we lovers entitle affected.
The Princess: Your reason?
Boyet: His face's own margin did quote such amazes that all eyes saw his eyes enchanted with gazes. I'll give you Aquitaine, and all that is his, an you give him for my sake but one loving kiss.
The Princess: Come, to our pavilion. Boyet is disposed.
Boyet: But to speak that in words which his eyes hath disclosed. I only ...
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester, Carmen Ejogo, Alicia Silverstone, Emily Mortimer and Natascha McElhone
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Darn the critics, full speed ahead!
16 June 2000 | by (The Outer Planets) – See all my reviews

Something about Love's Labour's Lost is causing critics to sniff and huff and puff like never before. The dance numbers aren't perfectly in sync and the music isn't perfectly performed, they sneer. Shakespeare and Gershwin don't mix. It's sheer fluff. It's bizarre.

Thus saith the critics. The forest that they're missing with their shrubs of discontentment is the overwhelming charm and infectuous fun of this silly little film. Yes, when Branagh and his cronies do a dance number it isn't lock-step choreography (one arm a little high, perhaps, one foot off the beat a bit). When Alicia Silverstone and her ladies-in-waiting cavort and giggle in a pool, they're not quite Esther Williams and company. Instead of picture-perfect Fred & Ginger, they look like real people dancing and singing because dancing and singing are fun. And unless you're Ebenezer Scrooge, The Grinch, or a movie critic, you'll have fun, too.

That's not to say the movie is just sloppy silliness. Branagh stages some gorgeous set pieces, including gondolas lit by Japanese lanterns, a prop-plane goodbye straight out of Casablanca, and a production number in which the film's silliest character kicks the moon like a big silver soccer ball. It's about a third Shakespeare, a third 30's musical, and a third Looney Tunes. What's odd is that the styles mix so well under Branagh's direction.

If you want a picture-perfect musical, rent "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" or some other dull thing. If you want perfect Shakespeare, rent Branagh's "Hamlet." If, however, you want a movie to make you believe in movies again -- if you want to kick up your heels, laugh out loud, and float out of a movie theater humming Cole Porter -- see this movie.


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