The plot of the film is largely unchanged from that of Shakespeare’s original play. Differences include the modern-day setting, switching Conrade’s gender, eliminating several minor roles and consolidating others into Leonato’s aide, and expanding Ursula’s role by giving her a number of Margaret’s scenes. In addition, the film attempts to add background to the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick by showing, in an opening scene, a morning after they apparently slept together. Benedick steals away quietly while Beatrice pretends to be asleep. Benedick is beardless, so this is presumably after they are married.