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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

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The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.

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Kelly Asbury

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Rob Sprackling (story), Johnny Smith (story) (as John R. Smith) | 14 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Gnomeo (voice)
Emily Blunt ... Juliet (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... Nanette (voice)
Michael Caine ... Lord Redbrick (voice)
Matt Lucas ... Benny (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Featherstone (voice)
Maggie Smith ... Lady Bluebury (voice)
Jason Statham ... Tybalt (voice)
Ozzy Osbourne ... Fawn (voice)
Stephen Merchant ... Paris (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Bill Shakespeare (voice)
Julie Walters ... Miss Montague (voice)
Hulk Hogan ... Terrafirminator V.O. (voice)
Kelly Asbury ... Red Good Gnomes (voice)
Richard Wilson ... Mr. Capulet (voice)
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Storyline

Garden gnomes Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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A timeless feud. A forbidden love. An epic battle. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gnomeo y Julieta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,945,627 (United Kingdom), 13 February 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,356,909, 13 February 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$99,967,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,967,670
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sign on the bus indicates that the action takes place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, who wrote Romeo and Juliet, which served as the inspiration for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Juliet leaves in search of the cupid's arrow orchid, the braces on the gate run the wrong way. Gate braces should run downhill towards the hinge, not down towards the opener. See more »

Quotes

Lord Redbrick: You left me no choice, Juliet. I lost your mother. I'm not going to lose you.
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The end credits come with animated backdrops. See more »

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References Spider-Man 2 (2004) See more »

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I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
Written by Fred Heatherton (joint pseudonym of Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Irwin Dash)
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The Bard gets animated
4 March 2011 | by Max_cinefilo89See all my reviews

No other writer lends himself to so many different film interpretations as William Shakespeare, whose plays have spawned musicals (West Side Story), teen comedies (10 Things I Hate About You), even cartoons (though not credited as such, Hamlet is an obvious source of inspiration for The Lion King). The latter genre is used again for a peculiar take on Romeo and Juliet, put together with CGI under Disney's Touchstone banner.

The film takes place in the present day, where Montague and Capulet no longer are two warring families, but simply two next-door neighbors who just don't get along. This animosity is also found in their adjacent gardens, where the gnomes, much like the toys in Toy Story, come to life when no one's watching. The blue gnomes, led by Lady Blueberry (Maggie Smith), belong to Mrs. Montague, while Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine) and his red acolytes belong to Mr. Capulet. Their mission is to find new ways to make the enemy garden look bad, and it all goes well - so to speak - until a full-scale war erupts, and star-crossed lovers Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) find themselves caught in the middle...

The material is an unusual choice for Disney, which traditionally favors straightforward adaptations of popular stories (albeit with necessary alterations) over postmodern riffs that combine tribute and spoof. This take on Shakespeare's tragedy would probably be better suited for a Dreamworks treatment, as they make no mystery of having older audiences in mind. Disney, on the other hand, is torn between pandering to younger viewers and giving Bard aficionados the fun yet intelligent picture they crave and deserve. Sure, there are in-jokes galore (the house numbers 2B and Not 2B are the standout), but the third act is particularly underwhelming, with too much screen-time for the mandatory talking animal sidekick (an annoying flamingo, voiced by Disney mainstay Jim Cummings) and a climax that has inevitably been altered - presumably - to keep the kids from crying.

When it works, however, Gnomeo & Juliet is an absolute joy: the opening send-up of the play's prologue set the tone quite nicely, Elton John's contribution to the soundtrack is faultless, and the voice cast is a hoot. Aside from the filmmakers having the nerve of putting Jason Statham and Ozzy Osbourne in the same film as Smith and Caine (surely a once in a lifetime kind of thing), the idea of incorporating Shakespeare himself as a character (voiced by Patrick Stewart) and having him criticize the film's plot detours is the self-mocking stroke of genius there should be more of throughout the movie.

All in all, this is a nice little film that is worth watching for entertainment value. It suffers from some lazy writing and questionable gags (shouldn't the Terrafirminator be voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger instead of Hulk Hogan?), but it contains enough Shakespearean wit and invention to make for a fun 82 minutes.


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