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Triumphant winner of 7 Academy Awards(R) -- including Best Picture -- this witty, sexy smash features Oscar(R)-winning Best Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (SLIDING DOORS, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) and an amazing cast that includes Academy Award-winners Judi Dench (Best Supporting Actress), Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor -- SHINE), and Ben Affleck (GOOD WILL HUNTING, PEARL HARBOR). When Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes -- ELIZABETH) needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else, but she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production! A truly can't-miss motion picture event with outstanding critical acclaim to match its impressive collection of major awards -- everyone will love this funny behind-the-scenes look at the writing of the greatest love story ever told!
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William is struggling to complete his next comedy, "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter" to fulfill a promise to theater owner Philip Henslowe (portrayed with the perfect combination of panic and resignation by Geoffrey Rush). One night, William sneaks in to a party with friends and meets the daughter of the house, Viola de Lesseps and falls in love with her from across the room. Further complicating matters, Lady Viola, tired of the constrictions of being a woman, binds her breasts and appears at auditions for "Romeo and Ethel," presenting herself as the son of a servant in the household and taking messages from Shakespeare to her "mistress."
The all-star cast includes Dame Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth, quintessential nice guy Colin Firth as Viola's betrothed, the unlikeable Lord Wessex, Ben Affleck as actor Ned Alleyn, and "Harry Potter"'s Imelda Staunton as the Nurse. Look quick and you can even catch sight of John Inman from "Are You Being Served."
Many of the laughs come from the references to Shakespeare's plays and background and the implication that this fictional story is responsible for his rise to prominance as an Elizabethan playwrght.
Colin Firth as her unwanted suitor and Dame Judy Dench as Queen Elizabeth I are magnificent as is the rest of the cast.
Be prepared to roar with laughter and merriment!
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