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" Studio types rarely seek my opinions on anything, unless it involves finding the men's room after a screening. Having just finished watched this thoroughly charming Brazilian import, however, I know one thing for certain: someone who makes a lot of money, somewhere, blew it. With a bit of help from the marketing gods, Bruno Barreto's charming adaptation of the Bard's most accessible tragedy might have captured a healthy slice of the same audiences that embraced Bend It Like Beckham, Shakespeare in Love and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Romeo and Juliet Get Married is just that irresistible. Here, the feuding families are rabid fans of rival teams in Brazil's club-soccer league. Juliet's father is a lawyer and chairman of Sao Paolo's real-life Palmeiras, and he named his daughter after two of the team's legendary players. A fine player, herself, the lanky brunette falls for the chief cheerleader of Palmeiras' arch-rivals, Corinthians. Despite not being able to maintain an erection in the vicinity of the Palmeiras banner in Juliet's bedroom, Romeo's infatuation demands that he convince her father he is a diehard fan. In his stubborn chauvinism and loud devotion to his team, Romeo's future father-in-law recalls restaurateur Gus Portokalos in Nia Vardalos' sleeper hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Anyone who's read the Shakespeare tragedy even once could guess what happens next, minus the swordplay and vials of poison. (Juliet's dad and Romeo's grandmother do shed some tears, however.) Like so many other Brazilian comedies - Barreto also gave us Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands - Romeo and Juliet Get Married is sly, sexy and broad enough to appeal to those with only a passing interest in soccer. There's commentary, brief interviews, a music video and a making-of featurette." -Gary Dretzka, MovieCityNews.com
"And that Brazilian gem I mentioned? I uncovered it last night when I watched, "Romeo and Juliet Get Married," a charming romantic comedy about a couple torn apart by their families' respective allegiances to rival soccer teams." -Jen Chaney, WashingtonPost.com
"Barreto has a warm, appealing touch and he has a cast of likeable stars who win us over." -Beth Accomadno KPBS.org
"The Bard’s oft-filmed tragic love story gets a raucously fresh and inventive retelling, Brazilian-style, from master filmmaker Bruno Barreto." -Raymond Murray, Philadelphia Film Festival ..
Bruno Barreto gives Shakespeare’s classic love story a raucously fresh retelling by setting it in the crazed world of passionate soccer fans. Ophthalmologist Romeo is a passionately obsessed fan of the Corinthians football team. When Romeo falls for Juliet, the lovely daughter of the arch rival Palmeiras fan club president, he fakes a love for Palmeiras to impress his future father-in-law. The ruse comes to a head when Romeo’s true loyalties are revealed, triggering a series of frantic and hilarious twists that threaten the best laid wedding plans of the star crossed lovers.
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