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Private Romeo (2011)

 |  Drama  |  20 June 2011 (USA)
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Shakespeare's original lines from Romeo & Juliet are almost exclusively spoken in a military academy setting of his tale at which gay love blooms between two cadets.

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Omar Madsen / Nurse
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Glenn Mangan / Juliet
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Gus Sanchez / Capulet's Wife / Benvolio
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When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of 'Romeo and Juliet,' YouTube videos, and lip-synced Indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. Written by Anonymous

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Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books

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The scenes of the cadet school and the lessons of the play "Romeo and Juliet" are in desaturated colors, gray, khaki, and pale. The scenes depicting the actual Shakespearean scenes are exhibited in deeply saturated colors. See more »

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In the first military drill, the orders are "left-right, left-right." The visuals are right-left, right-left. The "dress right" orders are correctly applied. See more »

Quotes

Ken Lee: Too busy to work out today, cadets?
Omar Madsen: Come on.
Ken Lee: Since you didn't get your exercise in this period, why don't you both drop and give me forty?
Sam Singleton: YES, SIR!
Omar Madsen: Uh... Forty? I can't, I have to...
Ken Lee: FIFTY for you, Omar!
Omar Madsen: Shit.
Ken Lee: And when you're done, CADET MADSEN, gimme five tours around the track. Physical fitness is an important component of cadets' education and training.
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You Made Me Love You
Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
Vocals by Matt Doyle
Ukelele by Christian Rudder
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Love Goes Toward Love As School Boy's From Their Books
17 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently rented this film after having discovered it entirely by accident. I admit that I am a Romeo and Juliet Junkie, but I am always open to new settings and the like. The more I delved into the film, the more attached I got to these characters. These guys were outstanding in their own way, how they played the characters, how they conveyed the poetry and making it seem completely natural. Seth Numrich and Matt Doyle perfectly conveyed the romance of Seth/Romeo and Glenn/Juliet. While some people may easily be bothered by a gay interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, I had no issues/problems with it at all. The chemistry between those two was so sweet and innocent, I could not help but be drawn into the story. For me, even if I was bothered, the poetry and the story are all that matters! Doyle in particular makes a very strong Juliet, standing up to the bullying Hale Appleman's Lord Capulet/Mercutio (also outstanding). The film is beautifully shot, with close-ups on the lover's hands as they hold and touch one another. There are plenty of other tender moments throughout. The setting is also very sparse, with the empty hallways and courtyards, like the stage is waiting for the tragedy to unfold. I won't say anything about the ending, other than I was oddly satisfied. Somehow it works. And this movie does too. I cannot wait to add it to my Shakespeare collection.


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