There is an introduction recorded for the tenth anniversary edition DVD that includes this fart joke: “Farting is such sweet sorrow.” That sort of sets the tone, but sometimes this film really does rise above that. There are some truly nice moments. And of course there is a lot of silliness.
The opening shot shows a dead animal hanging from the ceiling with this note attached to it: “Monty Q sucks.” The Chorus speaks from the street: “In fair Manhattan where we lay our scene.” While the Chorus speaks, we’re introduced to The House Of Que, which is clearly poor. There live Monty Que (Montague in the play), Benny Que (the Benvolio character), Murray Martini (the Mercutio character), and Tromeo. The House of Capulet is richer, and there live Cappy Capulet (Juliet’s father), Ingrid Capulet (Juliet’s mother), Tyrone Capulet (Tybalt), Sammy Capulet (Samson), Ness (Nurse), and of course Juliet. Right away Tromeo and Juliet seem the only sane characters in the story.