This made-for-cable movie followed the unholy troika of revisionist Romeo and Juliet
adaptations that appeared in 1996-97 (e.g., Baz Luhrman's teeny-bopper version; the farce LOVE IS ALL THERE IS; and TROMEO AND JULIET). A mildly diverting revamp, RONNIE & JULIE depicts the famous lovers
as overachieving teens. Gang rumbles, poison, and suicide are out; what remains is fishy Shakespeare with all the poetry and tragedy gutted out.
High school hockey star Ronnie Monroe (Joshua Jackson) splits his time off the ice between helping to run the understaffed mayoral campaign of his mom, Elizabeth (Teri Garr), and defending his cousin, Marty (Billy O'Sullivan), fr...