I really enjoyed this film. It is directed by the renowned filmmaker, Bruno Barreto, who is best known for his classic "Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands," as well as "Four Days In September." R&J is much closer to the farcical tone of Dona Flor. Using crazed sports loyalties as the source of conflict between the two rival families is a brilliant touch. Doing so keeps things light and fast paced with many laugh out loud moments. The acting is incredible, with Luana Piovani, as Juliet, the real knock out. I recommend this film to anyone who wants to laugh at the foibles of love and the absurdity of sports obsessions.