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Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, Director Sir Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 1930s musical. This movie tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

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Kenneth Branagh

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William Shakespeare (play), Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Nivola ... The King
Alicia Silverstone ... The Princess
Natascha McElhone ... Rosaline
Kenneth Branagh ... Berowne
Carmen Ejogo ... Maria
Matthew Lillard ... Longaville
Adrian Lester ... Dumaine
Emily Mortimer ... Katherine
Richard Briers ... Sir Nathaniel
Geraldine McEwan ... Holofernia
Stefania Rocca ... Jacquanetta
Jimmy Yuill ... Constable Dull
Nathan Lane ... Costard
Timothy Spall ... Armado
Anthony O'Donnell ... Moth
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Storyline

The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honor 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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A New Spin on the Old Song and Dance See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love's Labour's Lost See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,496, 11 June 2000

Gross USA:

$299,792

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,792
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alessandro Nivola met his wife Emily Mortimer on the set of this movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Longaville: Pray you sir, whose daughters?
Boyet: Their mothers', I have heard.
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Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD contains 5 deleted scenes:
  • The boys are arguing about the girls and about breaking the vows the made.
  • Moth, Constable Dull, Holofernia, Sir Nathaniel and Costard and discussing what to perform for the king, the princess and their company. They descide upon performing ^Óthe 9 worthies^Ô. Parts of this scene can be seen in the news reels.
  • The third extra scene is an extended version of the scene were the girls are discussing and mocking the gifts they received from the men. The extra parts are extra dialogue for Katherine and Rosaline. Katherine tells the story of a girl who died from melancholly. Rosaline has an extended part of dialogue in which she mocks the men and Berowne specifically.
  • There is a alternative scene for the masked dance scene more true to the story of Shakespeare. The boys dress up as Russians who specially came to visit the girls.
  • The fifth scene is the performance of 'the 9 worthies' by the supporting characters.
  • The UK Region 2 DVD does also contain various outtakes. Some of these were cut (ca. 4 seconds) to maintain the "U" rating.
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Soundtracks

I've Got A Crush On You
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Alessandro Nivola, Matthew Lillard and Adrian Lester
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An odd little movie
21 December 2005 | by jerichobrawlerSee all my reviews

Boy, Kenneth Branagh will try anything, won't he? Even infusing Shakespeare's comedy with a string of Gershwin-era songs and dances. But while his Much Ado About Nothing was a frothy, wonderful gem, Love's Labour's Lost . . . just didn't quite work. It's a noble try, though.

Whether the concept itself is flawed is up for debate. (Surely some Shakespeare purists were up in arms when this came out!) What cannot be argued, however, is that Branagh's cast is unable to pull this off. They simply are trying to hard at what should come naturally, and the audience can't help but notice. His direction also sinks the film at various points, and as a result, the film jerks from scene to scene, from song to song, ultimately culminating in a collection of bits that never gel into a unified whole.

That's not to say that the movie doesn't have its strengths. There is a sense of fun that pervades the film which is quite pleasant. The costumes and art direction are appropriately light and beautiful, and some of the comedy moments are quite fun. Each actor also has his or her strength. Alessandro Nivola (Laurel Canyon, Mansfield Park) is the best singer, Adrian Lester (Primary Colors) the best dancer, Branagh the best actor, and Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) . . . sure is tall. The supporting cast (Nathan Lane, Alicia Silverstone, Emily Mortimer, et. al.) each do their best to rise above the film's shortcomings, as well.

Ultimately, the audience ends up really trying to like this movie, but the flaws are too great to dismiss. 6/10 stars.


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