Romeo and Julia (1991)

Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Romeo has played one practical joke too many on his beleaguered co-workers, and they decide to retaliate with one of the meanest-spirited jokes on record. They hire an actor to impersonate a doctor and give Romeo the bad news that he is HIV-positive. Suddenly suicidal, the joker goes to take his life by jumping off a bridge but runs into another jumper, a cute girl named Julia, who's there for the exact same reason. Believing that they are going to die anyway, they open up to each other and begin living more in the here-and-now, inspiring others to do the same. Romeo and Julia separately discover that their immune status is not compromised but still believe that the other's is. By now, they are so much in love that they decide to risk all in consummating their love without protection. Some reviewers found the whole direction of this film exceptionally tasteless and were offended by its "romantic" conclusion -- which is a pity, because they also found the performances to be fresh and the direction competent.