Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis: Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. A series of comic
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Production: Roadside Attractions
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

I learnin this letter

that Don Pedro

of Arragon comes

this day to Messina.

He is very near by this,

not three leagues off.

Have any gentlemen

been lost in this action?

But few of any sort,

and none of name.

A victory

is twice itself

when the achiever

brings home full numbers.

I find here that Don Pedro

hath bestowed much honor

upon a young

Florentine called Claudio.

Much deserved on his part

and equally remembered by Don Pedro,

he hath borne himself beyond

the promise of his age,

doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats

of a lion.


I pray you, is Signior Mountanto

returned from the wars or no?

I know none of that name, lady.

My cousin means

Signior Benedick of Padua.

O, he's returned

and as pleasant

as ever he was.

I pray you, how many hath he killed

and eaten in these wars?

But how many hath he killed?

For indeed I promised

to eat all of his killing.

Faith, niece, you tax

Signior Benedick too much,

but he'll be meet

with you, I doubt it not.

He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.

You had musty victual,

and he hath holp to eat it.

He is a very

valiant trencherman,

he hath

an excellent stomach.

And a good soldier too, lady.

And a good soldier

to a lady.

But what is he to a lord?

A lord to a lord,

a man to a man,

stuffed with all

honorable virtue.

It is so, indeed,

he is no less

than a stuffed man.

You must not, sir,

mistake my niece.

There is a kind of merry war betwixt

Signior Benedick and her.

They never meet but there's a skirmish

of wit between them.

Who is his companion now?

He hath every month a new sworn brother.

Is't possible?

Very easily possible.

He wears his faith

but as the fashion of his hat,

it ever changes

with the next block.

I see, lady, the gentleman

is not in your books.

No, and he were,

I would burn my study.

But, I pray you,

who is his companion?

Is there no young

squarer now that will

make a voyage

with him to the devil?

He is most in the company

of the right noble Claudio.

O, lord, he will hang upon him

like a disease.

He is sooner caught

than the pestilence,

and the taker

runs presently mad.

O, God help

the noble Claudio!

If he have caught

the Benedick,

it will cost him a thousand pound

ere he be cured.

Good Signior Leonato,

You are come to welcome

your trouble.

The fashion of the world

is to avoid cost,

and you encounter it.

Never came trouble to my house

in the likeness of your grace.

For trouble being gone,

comfort should remain.

But when you depart from me sorrow abides

and happiness takes his leave.

Hmm, you embrace

your charge too willingly.

I think

this is your daughter.

Her mother hath

many times told me so.

Were you in doubt,

sir, that you asked her?

Signior Benedick, no,

for then were you a child.

Truly, truly,

the lady fathers herself.

Be happy, lady, for you are

like an honorable father.

If Signior Leonato

be her father,

She would not have his head on

her shoulders for all Messina

as like him as she is.

I wonder that you would still be talking,

Signior Benedick.

Nobody marks you.

What, my dear Lady Disdain!

Are you yet living?

Is it possible

disdain should die

while she hath such meet food to feed

it as Signior Benedick?

Courtesy itself must convert to disdain,

if you come in her presence.

Then is courtesy a turncoat.

But it is certain I am loved of all ladies,

only you excepted,

and I would I could find it in my heart

that I had not a hard heart,

for, truly, I love none.

Dear happiness to women,

else would they

have been troubled

with a pernicious suitor.

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Joss Whedon

Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, and composer. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002), Dollhouse (2009–10) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present). more…

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