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Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (written for the screen by), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic... Written by http://muchadomovie.com/#story

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Shakespeare knew how to throw a party See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beaucoup de bruit pour rien See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,941, 9 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,327,763, 4 October 2013
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Bellwether Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Benedick does push-ups for Beatrice in an attempt to show off was improvised by Alexis Denisof. Joss Whedon admits that he was hesitant in regards to the gag, but positive audience reaction allayed his fears. See more »

Quotes

Dogberry: Well , masters good night.
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Connections

Version of Mnogo shuma iz nichego (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sigh No More
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Music by Joss Whedon
Performed by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
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So disappointing
9 July 2013 | by chiara-bersanoSee all my reviews

I really didn't like this version. Much Ado must be my favorite of Shakespeare's texts, and I saw a tremendous potential in a modern transposition. Sadly, it is poorly treated. Benedict and Beatrice sound like a pair of bickering, sourpuss ex spouses, rather than the witty, smart, fun pair they should be (how sorely I missed Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson!); "Sicily" is more like a California backwater, with CA plates on cars (barely out of focus) and large American style kitchen; one cannot just pretend that pouring rivers of red wine in all glasses starting at breakfast and filming in black and white will achieve Italian realism.

Adherence to the original text is great, and I really appreciate it, but it require an acting tour de force the cast did not stand up to. It feels artificial, and all the fun is gone.

One great scene, not sufficient to redeem the whole movie: the extravagant masked party, that comes together apparently effortlessly, and looks magnificent.

Sad. I didn't even stay until the end.


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