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The Tempest

The Tempest
The Tempest
The Tempest
  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 2010
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After a harrowing shipwreck, the members of a royal court are washed ashore on various parts of a mysterious island. Their fateful arrival on this particular island is no coincidence. The exiled Prospera (Mirren) has used her magical powers to guide the ship here to settle a score with the very men who banished her from her homeland. Abetted by her sometimes unwilling aides, Ariel (Whishaw) and Caliban (Hounsou), Prospera puts her former tormentors through some dangerous and often hilarious adventures. However, when the king’s son, Ferdinand (Carney), meets her daughter, Miranda (Jones), it is love at first sight—a kind of magic that even Prospera is powerless to control.
© 2010 Tempest Production, LLC

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Director Julie Taymor's gender-swapping of roles and some frenzied special effects can't quite disguise an otherwise stagey, uninspired take on Shakespeare's classic.
Philadelphia Weekly
Sean Burns

Julie Taymor has a theatre director's idea of how movies work. That's not a compliment.

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Flashy, uneven Shakespeare movie has some scary stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sometimes-scary adaptation of one of Shakespeare's final plays is all about revenge. The central character, Prospero, has been changed to a woman (Prospera); she's powerful, though not exactly a positive role model, given that she's the one consumed by vengeance. Two of the male characters are seen in skimpy costumes and/or semi-nude, and there are some frightening fantasy images and threats of violence. One character is portrayed as a comical drunk who uses alcohol to influence another character's will. Teens who enjoy Shakespeare may find it an accessible adaptation, but kids who aren't fans of the Bard likely won't be interested.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 10, 2010
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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