Rated PG-13 · 109 minutes · 2013

Romantic comedy
The Bard gets a stripped down treatment from one of the most unlikely of candidates: Joss Whedon, recent maker of massively expensive geek boy extravaganzas. The man who gave us The Avengers got his buddies together at his house to shoot a rather reputable, and very pleasant, black and white take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing just to show us that things don’t have to explode all of the time in his cinematic forays. The result is intimate, funny and even unique for a play that has been adapted many times. The film was shot in less than two weeks, an extension of parties Whedon hosted with friends and colleagues that featured Shakespeare readings. Consequently, it has the look of a quaint dinner party, with women in sundresses and men in tailored suits. It’s a breezy experiment that works for most of its running time. Having impressed Whedon at one of his shindigs, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are awarded the plum parts of Beatrice and Benedick, the reluctant lovers who fall for each other in the most whimsical of ways.

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Official Site: muchadomovie.com
Director: Joss Whedon
Producer: Joss Whedon and Kai Cole
Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Spencer Clark, Riki Lindhome, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Emma Bates, Paul Meston, Romy Rosemont and Elsa Guillet-Chapuis



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Seven Days Much Ado About Nothing by Margot Harrison 07/24/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Joss Whedon hosts a brilliant update of Much Ado About Nothing It is a pure, unalloyed, rollicking cinematic joy. by MaryAnn Johanson 06/19/2013
Charleston City Paper Joss Whedon's take on the Bard is pale, amateurish This is the End isn't the only movie open right now where a bunch of friends get together and goof off in a famous person's house for two hours. Director Joss Whedon, hot off of The Avengers, collected all his actor buddies together to shoot the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing, using his own California home as the set and an abridged version of the original text as the script. It's his attempt to convince us he's more than just that nerdy guy who'll be overseeing Marvel's movies for the rest of the decade. by Jake Mulligan 06/19/2013
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Boise Weekly Much Ado About Something New Joss Whedon's sparkling adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 07/03/2013
The Coast Halifax Much Ado About Nothing Dreamy summer fun by Jacob Boon 06/27/2013
East Bay Express Much Ado About Nothing Nothing is everything. by Kelly Vance 06/12/2013

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