Set to a musical montage with Hamish Cowan's With Or Without You, after attending John's funeral, Josie reads a letter where he reveals his desire to be free of everyone's expectations. (Coarse language).
Romeo and Juliet are wed in secret, as Mercutio and the Montagues pass idle time on Verona Beach. When vengeful Tybalt appears in search of Romeo, Mercutio taunts his request for occasion. Romeo arrives, and Tybalt challenges him to a duel, but Romeo refuses. Unwilling to hear reason Tybalt assaults Romeo. Mercutio springs to Romeo's defence but shows mercy at his request. Tybalt mercilessly cuts Mercutio with a shard of glass. Romeo is enraged, chasing Tybalt to avenge Mercutio's death.
Learning of Juliet's apparent death, Balthasar rushes to Romeo, who has failed to open the letter nor learn of Juliet's true fate. Balthasar relays to Romeo the ill news. Heart-broken and impetuous, Romeo decides to return to Verona city and lay with Juliet, seeking a poison to dispatch him also.
Diggity accidentally ingests poison and begins to die. Robyn makes a difficult decision to put Diggity out of her pain. The loss of her companion sends Robyn into a spiral, and she struggles to continue. Fearing for Robyn's safety, Rick accidentally gives way her location and a troop of journalists descends upon her camp. That evening, Rick asks after Diggity and the next day Robyn breakdown, heartbroken and seeking companionship.
Romeo sneaks back into the Capulet mansion, seeking Juliet. Hidden from view, he hears Juliet profess her love for him and question the nature of a name. When Romeo reveals himself, Juliet is startled, and the two fall into the pool where they talk of faithful vows. Hearing Nurse's beckon, Juliet asks that Romeo send for her tomorrow with the purpose of honouring their love by marriage.
Romeo and Juliet are discovered stealing a kiss in the elevator. Nurse drags Juliet back to her mother, who craves a word. Romeo and Juliet learn each other's true identity and realise they have found love in a loathed enemy. Tybalt promises to avenge Montague's intrusion.
The Capulets and Montagues are reprimanded for their misdeeds. Captain Prince, Chief of Police, makes it known gang rivalries will no longer be tolerated on Verona streets and shall another disruption occur, a life will pay the forfeit of the peace.
A news bulletin introduces the story of Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers whose death will bury their parent's strife. The use of a television and the ensuing montage provides the modernised setting in which Baz Luhrmann has set his retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
Michael Moore leads two injured victims of the Columbine shooting and a media pack to KMart's headquarters to deliver bags of 9mm bullets purchased at the store. A spokesperson announces the withdrawal of such ammunition from sale.
Romeo visits Fr Lawrence and implores him to fulfil the rival lovers' plan to wed. Struck that Romeo speaks of rich Capulet's fair daughter, Fr Lawrence accuses him of a young and wavering heart, but Romeo persists. Hoping a union between Romeo and Juliet will end the rivalry between the houses, Fr Lawrence agrees to perform the rites, but cautions against acting impetuously.
Romeo is seen lingering at the Verona beach. In the car, Ted and Caroline, Romeo's parents, agonise over his heavy-hearted. Fearing his self-afflicted isolation, they ask Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, to appease their child's black and portentous mood. On the beach, Benvolio asks what sadness occupies the days and Romeo talks of unrequited love, but is disappointed to see Benvolio has involved himself in another violent fray.
The Capulet mansion makes preparations for a party. Gloria Capulet, Julia's mother, seeks her daydreaming daughter, enlisting the help of Nurse. Once found, Juliet is entreated to consider suitor, Paris, a suitor no less to be attending the evening's events. Juliet offers to look, but will not be convinced by her mother. Upon Juliet's defiance, Nurse whispers her blessing, telling Juliet to find the happiness she deserves.
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