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babi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM via web

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Modern Parodies of Shakespeare's Plays?

Can anyone suggest a modern day parody of a Shakespeare play?

I've come up with "She's the Man" and "Tens Things I Hate About You" but am having trouble thinking of any others.

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mejwestut | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:17 PM (Answer #2)

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Rozencrantz and Gildernstern are Dead, RA, (King Lear), a Kirosawa movie, Romeo Must Die, with Jet Li, China Girl (1987) an interesting update of Romeo and Juliet.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:29 PM (Answer #3)

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Modern Parodies of Shakespeare's Plays?

Can anyone suggest a modern day parody of a Shakespeare play?

I've come up with "She's the Man" and "Tens Things I Hate About You" but am having trouble thinking of any others.

Check out this site:

http://www.fathom.com/course/28701907/sessions.html

Also, "West Side Story" is based on Romeo and Juliet; "A Thousand Acres" is based on King Lear; "Fantastic Planet" is based on The Tempest; and "Kiss Me, Kate" is a musical based on The Taming of the Shrew.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM (Answer #4)

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Modern Parodies of Shakespeare's Plays?

Can anyone suggest a modern day parody of a Shakespeare play?

I've come up with "She's the Man" and "Tens Things I Hate About You" but am having trouble thinking of any others.

   "Scotland, PA " is a great take on Macbeth.  It's not a major studio movie, but it's funny and tells the story.  It stars Maura Tierney, James LeGros, and Christopher Walken. Definitely worth seeing if you aren't offended by the liberal use of the "f" word.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 14, 2008 at 5:19 PM (Answer #5)

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The BBC did a series called Shakespeare Retold--four modern versions of the plays Macbeth, Much Ado, Taming of the Shrew and another one which escapes me at the moment.  My favorite of the two are Macbeth (an overly ambitious chef murders the owner of the restaurant to move up the social ladder) and Taming of the Shrew (Kate is a successful business woman who is tamed by a playboy).

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 14, 2008 at 7:05 PM (Answer #6)

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Lion King=Hamlet, not really a parody though.

The movie "O" is a great modern day adaptation of Othello.

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babi | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2008 at 12:39 AM (Answer #7)

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Thank you for all your help

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gedaly | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM (Answer #8)

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Remember that these aren't parodies. A parody makes fun of the original. The previously mentioned movies would be adaptations, where the story is adapted to fit a different time period/location/etc.

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shaffez | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM (Answer #9)

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Parodies mock the original text.  None of these really do that. Wrong! Derp.

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