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Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shakespeare in Love poster Rating: 7.2/10 (171,603 votes)
Director: John Madden
Writer: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Steven O'Donnell, Tim McMullan
Runtime: 123 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 08 Jan 1999
Plot: A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

While infamous for shocking everyone and taking Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan, there’s plenty to love about Shakespeare in Love. It’s a delightful film with a delightful story and a delightful cast, offering a romantic fan-fiction-style take on the creation of William Shakespeare’s most famous play. While a bit slight, there’s something about this movie that makes it feel like a warm blanket. It’s comforting and sweeping in its crafting of the central romance between Shakespeare and the daughter of a wealthy merchant, and Ben Affleck makes for a pretty hilarious self-absorbed actor. Should it have won Best Picture? Probably not. But boy isShakespeare in Love charming. – Adam Chitwood

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