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Much Ado About Nothing -- Joss Whedon's sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare's classic comedy about the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.
Much Ado About Nothing -- A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
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Much Ado About Nothing -- Joss Whedon's modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.


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14 June 2013 (Ireland) See more »
Shakespeare knows how to throw a party.
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  (in credits order)

Amy Acker ... Beatrice

Alexis Denisof ... Benedick

Nathan Fillion ... Dogberry

Clark Gregg ... Leonato

Reed Diamond ... Don Pedro

Fran Kranz ... Claudio

Jillian Morgese ... Hero

Sean Maher ... Don John

Spencer Treat Clark ... Borachio

Riki Lindhome ... Conrade

Ashley Johnson ... Margaret

Emma Bates ... Ursula

Tom Lenk ... Verges

Nick Kocher ... First Watchman

Brian McElhaney ... Second Watchman

Joshua Zar ... Leonato's Aide
Paul Meston ... Friar Francis

Romy Rosemont ... The Sexton
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis ... The Photographer
Adam Carver ... Additional Cast
Kim Alu ... Additional Cast
Salvador Alvarez ... Additional Cast
Joren Anderson ... Additional Cast
Cas Austin ... Additional Cast

Donovan Ayub ... Additional Cast
Brent Ballatore ... Additional Cast
Chloe Bateman ... Additional Cast
Arthur Bateman ... Additional Cast
Josh Berman ... Additional Cast
Joel Blacker ... Additional Cast

Sara Blindauer ... Additional Cast
Alex Bloomingdale ... Additional Cast
Samar Bloomingdale ... Additional Cast
Brett Ryan Bonowicz ... Additional Cast (Wedding Guest)
Karin Bracher ... Additional Cast (as Karin Bracher)
Mark Bracher ... Additional Cast
Weston Bradley ... Additional Cast
Silas Briton ... Additional Cast (Wake Guest)
Amy McIntyre Britt ... Additional Cast (as Amy Britt)
Susan Budd ... Additional Cast

Ronnie Campagnone ... Additional Cast
Joseph Carnegie ... Additional Cast
Naomi Chan ... Additional Cast
Martin Charles ... Additional Cast
Anya Colloff ... Additional Cast
Julia Dalzell ... Additional Cast

Mike Danner ... Additional Cast
Jacob Darby ... Additional Cast

Kelsey Darragh ... Additional Cast

Giulia Davis ... Additional Cast
Tim Davis ... Additional Cast
Jenny DeArmitt ... Additional Cast
Sara Dorfman ... Additional Cast

Brandon Elonzae ... Additional Cast
Elsi Eng ... Additional Cast

Chris English ... Additional Cast

Sasha Feiler ... Additional Cast

Amanda Fein ... Additional Cast
Kara Fein ... Additional Cast
Michael Ferman ... Additional Cast (as Mike Ferman)
Ben Fickes ... Additional Cast

Peter Frederiksen ... Additional Cast (Waiter)
Ashley Friedlander ... Additional Cast (Wedding Guest)

David Fury ... Additional Cast
Drea Garcia ... Additional Cast (Wedding Guest) (as Andrea Garcia)
Kristen Garemani ... Additional Cast
Noyan Garemani ... Additional Cast
Catherine Garrison ... Additional Cast
Anne Geare ... Additional Cast
Margie Glick ... Additional Cast
Steve Glick ... Additional Cast
Caroline Williams ... Additional Cast (as Caroline Goddard)

Drew Goddard ... Additional Cast
Rachel Goldman ... Additional Cast
Elliot Graham ... Additional Cast
Drew Greenberg ... Additional Cast
Anna Grimm ... Additional Cast
Micki Grover ... Additional Cast
Mimi Haddon ... Additional Cast
Cailey Hall ... Additional Cast
Alisha Hallett ... Additional Cast
Elin Hampton ... Additional Cast
Brin Hill ... Additional Cast

Sabrina Hill ... Additional Cast
Naiby Hilton ... Additional Cast
Andrew Hoegl ... Additional Cast
Nicole Hoegl ... Additional Cast
Matthew Hood ... Additional Cast
Tamar Malley ... Additional Cast (as Tamar Malley Hu)

Nelly Imame ... Additional Cast (Guest)
Tarik Inhaddou ... Additional Cast
Mulu Johnson ... Additional Cast
Jeannette McNeil Jones ... Additional Cast
Daniel S. Kaminsky ... Additional Cast
Mike Kaminsky ... Additional Cast
Nathan Kelly ... Additional Cast
Tom Kemper ... Additional Cast
Carla Kettner ... Additional Cast
Rachel Klauber-Speiden ... Additional Cast
Alan Klyce ... Additional Cast
Paren Knadjian ... Additional Cast
Andrew Knauer ... Additional Cast
Holly Knight ... Additional Cast
Diego Kontarovsky ... Additional Cast
Gudni Kristjansson ... Additional Cast (Wake Guest)
Catherine Kyritsi ... Additional Cast (as Catherine Kyritsis)
Joel Landson ... Additional Cast
Aileen Latcham ... Additional Cast
Paul Leslie ... Additional Cast
Joanne Levin ... Additional Cast
Jenny Lynn ... Additional Cast
Noah Maffitt ... Additional Cast
Cairin Malley ... Additional Cast

Amanda Marlon ... Additional Cast (Wake Guest) (as Amanda Neuderyd Marlow)
Nicki Maron ... Additional Cast

Henry Mason ... Additional Cast
Dex Matthews ... Additional Cast
John T. McCracken ... Additional Cast (as John McCracken)
Bryce McLeay ... Additional Cast
Kara McVey ... Additional Cast
W. Robert Millar ... Additional Cast (as Robert Millar)
R. Emerson Moncure ... Additional Cast
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sean Parks
Noelle Piche
Lisa Randolph ... Additional Cast
Sean Russell ... Additional Cast

Jessie Sherman

Stacy Shirk

Adam James Shirley
Laura Stokes ... Additional Cast
Kimberly Tien

Ricky Titus

Natalie Whittle

Malika Williams

Directed by
Joss Whedon 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (written for the screen by)

William Shakespeare (play)

Produced by
Kai Cole .... producer
M. Elizabeth Hughes .... line producer
Daniel S. Kaminsky .... co-producer
Nathan Kelly .... line producer
Joss Whedon .... producer
Original Music by
Joss Whedon 
Cinematography by
Jay Hunter 
Film Editing by
Daniel S. Kaminsky 
Joss Whedon 
Production Design by
Cindy Chao 
Michele Yu 
Costume Design by
Shawna Trpcic 
Makeup Department
Jessyca Clendenin .... hair department head
Jenna Tucker .... makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Jensen .... second assistant director
Maileen Williams .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Carnegie .... art production assistant
Alexander Hernandez .... set dresser
Caroline Kim .... art department assistant
Alicia Teele .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Victor Ray Ennis .... supervising sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... first assistant sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Paul Hackner .... dialogue supervisor
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound effects editor
Rich Macar .... commentary re-recordist
Sean Oakley .... boom operator
Cody Peterson .... boom operator
Matt Schwartz .... boom operator
Nathan Whitcomb .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
David Cole .... digital colourist
Amanda Morrison .... senior compositor
Michael Gaines .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Flavio Buenrostro .... set lighting technician
M. Shane Cates .... electrician
Clayton Daily .... second assistant camera
Micky Froehlich .... additional camera operator
Jeffrey Giblin .... electrician
Josh Goldman .... grip
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis .... still photographer
Ryo Hata .... electrician
Joe Hedge .... digital imaging technician
Adam Lutz .... grip
George Maxwell .... chief lighting technician
Thomas McCarty .... set lighting technician
Pete Mignin .... lighting technician
Matt Valentine .... camera operator
Brian C. Weed .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Galen Beers .... key costumer
Julia Chase .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Tom Forletta .... colorist: home video
Josh Gladstone .... assistant editor
Carrie Oliver .... digital data conformist
Music Department
Ashley Alexander .... score coordinator
Clint Bennett .... music editor
Clint Bennett .... music supervisor
Miles Bergsma .... score technical assistant
David Low .... musician: cello
Deborah Lurie .... score producer
Michael John Mollo .... electronic music programming
Mark Robertson .... orchestra contractor
Brian R. Taylor .... additional score recordist
Jeremy Underwood .... assistant score engineer
Michael Valerio .... musician: bass
Ed Woolley .... score studio technician
Other crew
Joren Anderson .... production assistant
Cameron Arguelles .... media quality control
Weston Bradley .... production assistant
Sara Branscum .... script supervisor (as Sara Sposito)
Ethan Cushing .... production assistant
Jennifer S. Milliman .... basecamp p.a.
Christin Mizelle .... production assistant
Craig Pratsch .... production assistant
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... digital intermediate producer
Anita Surendran .... legal services
Riley Trela .... production assistant
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conform (uncredited)
Noah Maffitt .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use
109 min
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Thou art not a good moving picture, 16 October 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

"Shakespeare knows how to throw a party."

While Joss Whedon was working on his big budget film, The Avengers, he was working on this much smaller but personal passion project. He only needed 12 days to shoot this black and white movie which consisted mostly of actors he had worked with in the past from his TV productions. He filmed this entirely from his home so fans of Whedon might appreciate how passionate he was about the adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. I am a huge fan of Shakespeare's plays, but I usually have a hard time enjoying the films that try to modernize his 16th century plays. That is exactly what happened here, I just can't conceive these characters speaking this way living at the present. It kind of throws me off as I would rather watch a version of this play centered around the 16th century. Much Ado About Nothing isn't considered as one of Shakespeare's best plays either. I didn't care too much for most of the characters and the comedy didn't work too well either. The main themes of the play still come through in this film however. We can see how easy it is to build love out of nowhere or destroy it with words. This is a very different film coming from Josh Whedon, but I guess one of the advantages he has for having so much success is getting to do films he is passionate about. Fans of this play might enjoy this more than I did.

The governor of Messina, Leonato (Clark Gregg), is getting prepared for a much awaited visit from his good friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond). Pedro who has recently come out victorious from a Civil War is returning with two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). Along with his brother Don John (Sean Maher) who was on the losing side of the War, they are all going to stay at Leonato's home. Love soon is in the air when Claudio falls for Leonato's only daughter, Hero (Jillian Morgese). Leonato and Don Pedro make plans for their wedding, while at the same time they decide to try to get Benedick and Hero's cousin, Beatrice (Amy Acker), to fall in love with each other despite how much they hate each other. Meanwhile, Don John, who is still bitter about his defeat will try to do what it takes to make others miserable and therefor tries to break up the relationship between Hero and Claudio. Will love prevail or will Don John be able to destroy their love? If you've read the play than you know the answer.

Some of the same basic complaints about Shakespeare's play can be heard here as well, such as how underdeveloped the villain (Don John) is here. He is perhaps one of the weakest villains from his plays. The love story between these two pair of lovers isn't something out of the ordinary either, but the actors give strong performances nonetheless. Fans of Firefly and Serenity will be pleased to see Nathan Fillion in the comedic supporting role here and he stands out from the rest. This is one of Shakespeare's lighter comedies, considering it doesn't end in tragedy, and it has some funny moments, but I just didn't like the way the play was modernized. I never got engaged with the story and I never felt the wit coming from Whedon's other works.

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