CINEMA: SUDDENLY SHAKESPEARE

O.K., SO HE ISN'T JOHN GRISHAM. BUT MORE AND MORE FILMS ARE BETTING THE BARD CAN MAKE MONEY AT THE MULTIPLEX

Tabloid-TV anchors announce a bloody feud between two of Verona Beach's most notorious clans--thug royalty, whose young princes have the family name tattooed on their skulls. The streets of this resort town sizzle with ethnic enmity, with nose thumbing on a nuclear scale, with the attitude clash of drag queens and skinheads. When the hormonal humidity is this high, only fools fall in love. So the daughter of one clan has eyes only for the son of her dad's hated rival. She searches for him in her dreams, by her swimming pool, beneath her balcony. "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" she asks.

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