In honor of 'Gnomeo & Juliet,' the latest Shakespearean film adaptation to hit theaters, we've come up with a short guide to introducing kids to the Bard's work. We've left off some of the bloodier or mature works altogether (no 'Titus,' 'Tempest,' 'Merchant of Venice,' 'Richard III,' etc.) to narrow down the field to an abridged list of classics and comedies that kids, tweens and teens would be most familiar with or find most accessible. Check out our suggestions and get thee to the video store or Netflix queue to curate your own mini-Shakespeare festival.
'Gnomeo & Juliet' (2011, G)
Common Sense Media Rating: 5+
Why See It: It's Shakespeare-meets-Elton John by way of warring English garden gnomes. It sounds a bit mad, but it's a wonderful way to introduce young kids to the themes in Shakespeare's tragic play (less war, more love, down with useless discrimination, etc.). Plus, there's no double suicide to worry about, because this Gnomeo and Juliet get to live happily ever after.