Private Romeo

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Based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Seth Numrich
as Sam Singleton
Matt Doyle
as Glenn Mangan
Hale Appleman
as Josh Neff
Bobby Moreno
as Carlos Moreno
Chris Bresky
as Omar Madsen
Adam Barrie
as Adam Hersh
Sean Hudock
as Gus Sanchez
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Critic Reviews for Private Romeo

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

  • Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.

    Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • An earnest experiment in don't-ask-don't-tell drama as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up...

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Private Romeo will undoubtedly be regarded by some as a curio, but it's a sweet, sympathetic and surprising one, highly recommended to the adventurous spirit in an enlightened and changing world.

    Feb 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • A pandering coming-of-ager about sexual identity and equality.

    Feb 7, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy.

    Feb 7, 2012 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Private Romeo

  • Apr 10, 2012
    I'd been waiting for quite a while to see this, and now that I have, I have to say that it was somewhat different than I'd expected. It's not some original story that just happens to have parallels with Romeo and Juliet. No, this movie is essentially just a depiction of the original work. Aside from the fact that it takes place in modern day, has an all male cast, and had some minor additions/alterations to the original story, this movie is just pure Romeo and Juliet. It follows the same course as the play and has all the same characters. Further proving my point that this is simply a depiction of the classic story, throughout the entire film they always refered to Juliet with feminine pronouns (i.e. she, her etc.) even though it is very obviously a man playing the role (and they weren't trying to say otherwise). Similarly, the fact that the lovers were both men didn't change anything. They didn't turn it into a gay story or try to create any conflicts or things because of the fact they were both men. No, it was completely natural and quite believable. Onto some specifics. Hale Appleman actually stole the show for me (he played Mercutio and Capulet - yes, some actors played multiple roles). He was chilling and captivating to watch. The leads (Matt Doyle and Seth Numrich) also did very well. Their chemistry was very natural and the emotions between their characters made my heart flutter. Truthfully, all the young men who made up this cast did a very admirable job working with classical Shakespeare. The score was also quite beautiful. There were some random song moments that didn't seem to fit in with the story...but at the same time, they didn't really take away from it. The cinematography was also well done. It was raw and natural i.e. the camera moved with them but wasn't too choppy or anything bad like that. Finally, I was very pleased by the ending - twas one of the couple minor adjustments they made to the original. All in all, it was good. Since it sticks to the original script for the most part, if you aren't familiar with (and fond of) Shakespeare, you will probably not like this. If you are though, you will hopefully enjoy it as I did. What did this movie teach me? A movie involving gay themes, does not actually have to be gay-themed.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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