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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. 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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Peines d'amour perdues  »

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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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Kenneth Branagh's role of Berowne is believed to have been played by William Shakespeare when the play was first performed in the late 1500s. See more »

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The swim suits that were worn during the pool sequences of the "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" musical number were far too immodest for the late 1930's. Women in that era, especially in a movie musical, would have been wearing a panel suit, with a panel of fabric covering the lower front of the suit. 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.
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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.
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Cheek To Cheek
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Kenneth Branagh, Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard and Adrian Lester
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Much better than the remarks found here
18 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Interesting reading the reviews herein. The reviewers either loved or hated it. Some witty shots taken at Branagh's effort to make one of The Bard's weakest comedies into something enjoyable. I mean, c'mon. The play is a story of young men swearing off of love and being made to eat their vows by clever women through little games and switched clues. Hardly a deep plot with potentially tragic twists like Much Ado About Nothing, or confusion reigning during a lover in love with love as in Twelfth Night, or a knee slapper like Midsummer's Night Dream. So, Branagh, ever the innovator and risk-taker, makes it into a gishy late 30s musical with all the trappings (make that 'tappings') from lead into song and dance routines to coordinated smiling shapely swimmers peeling off like a deck of cards into a swimming pool. Busby Berkeley would have loved it, as would those guys like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Vincent Youmans who wrote those songs back in the 30s. OK, so the ending sucks but how else can you wind up this comedy? It's not Branagh's fault this play is Much Ado About Nothing; blame it on the Bard. He wrote it.


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