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Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.
An earnest experiment in don't-ask-don't-tell drama as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter.
Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up...
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.
A pandering coming-of-ager about sexual identity and equality.
A dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy.
Edgy Shakespeare update with all-male cast has sex, drugs.
In the end, Private Romeo, with its indie budget, handsomely captures the uncompromising nature of young love, and "it ends with a long deep sigh, like the breeze of the evening," as Samuel Coleridge said it should.
Get a bunch of male hotties reciting Shakespeare's most immortal love poetry to one another and you have a hot movie, right? Wrong!
Private Romeo feels more like a side project from the producers of Glee than some kind of novel queering of Shakespeare's text.
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