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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Love, unrequited and returned, fairies, magical forest and beautiful young people fill this sometimes delightful film.

Shakespeare's comedy is updated to the 19th century for only one reason that I could come up with; that is to have the characters ride bicycles.  Star-crossed lovers bicycle in and out of an enchanted Italian forest where they stop for a nap or argue with one another, or in one scene when the two female leads have a fist fight in a mud hole.

Kevin Kline stars as the weaver, Bottom.  He's a member of a cast of bumbling characters rehearsing a play to present at the Duke's wedding.

Kline's buffoonish Bottom is the best thing about the film.  Kline gives him a child-like exuberance and it's a pleasure to watch.

Rupert Everett, Michelle Pfeiffer (who looks simply ethereal) and Stanley Tucci star as mischievous fairies manipulating the love lives of mortals Calista Flockhart, Anna Firel and Kline.  The actors are all very good, except for Flockhart's whiny delivery, which is quite distracting.

You don't have to be familiar with this work to enjoy it, but sometimes getting the names straight takes some doing.  Just who is supposed to be enamored with Hermida...or was that Helena?

Beautiful young people and the acting talents of Kevin Kline makes this a sweet, magical experience.

It is rated PG-13 for partial nudity.

 
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