Rosaline ending explained – does Rosaline save Romeo and Juliet?

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This article covers the ending of the Hulu movie Rosaline and contains spoilers.

Rosaline is a comedic retelling of a classic Shakespearean love story, told from the perspective of Romeo’s ex. Directed by Karen Maine and loosely based on the novel when you were mine by Rebecca Serle, the movie stars Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) in the title role.

At the beginning of the movie Romeo (Kyle Allen) is a frequent visitor to Rosaline’s balcony. The two lovers must hide their romance from Rosaline’s father (brilliantly played by Bradley Whitford) as she is a member of the Capulet family while he is a Montague. However, the feud between their families is not the only thing causing a rift in their relationship. Rosaline is a little too independent and ambitious even for Romeo’s liking. She also can’t express her feelings, when he says “I love you” she meets him with silence. To make matters worse, Rosaline’s father is determined to marry off the headstrong girl, one suitor is Dario (Sean Teele), a young man whom Rosaline constantly rejects, yet asks for his help whenever she needs it.

When Romeo meets Rosaline’s cousin Juliet (Isabela Mercedes), the two fall madly in love. He completely forgets about our titular heroine and so begins the romantic tale that made Shakespeare famous. However, Rosaline is unwilling to let go of her first love, so she embarks on a ruthless campaign to sabotage the hapless lovers and convince Romeo that she, not Juliet, is his one true love.

Rosaline end explained

Rosaline spends most of the film trying to get her ex Romeo back. Her attempts to keep her cousin Juliet away from Romeo include taking her to a bar, convincing her he’s a gambler, stealing her love letters, and betrothing a very gay Paris to her.

In the end, Rosaline finally realizes that Romeo and Juliet are destined, so she tries to return the stolen letters. She gives them to Dave, the courier who accidentally delivers them to Tybalt, leading to a duel between him and Romeo that results in his and Mercutio’s deaths. Feeling responsible, Rosaline asks Dario for help to get the two lovers safely out of Verona. Her brilliant plan comes too late as Julia has already ingested a poison intended to make her appear dead. Rosaline only has a few seconds to express her frustration at the stupidity of Julia’s plan before the poison takes hold. It doesn’t help that she is found by Lord Capulet with a seemingly lifeless Julies, leading him to believe she is somehow responsible.

In a race against time, Rosaline tries to make it to the church before Romeo does something stupid while believing his lover is dead. Luckily, Dario made it there first and both young lovers survive. When the two families arrive, Rosaline and Dario convince them that the two hapless lovers have committed double suicide. Guilt for tricking her children into such an act eventually ends the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. Finally, in blissful awkwardness, Romeo and Juliet sail together to Cyprus. It turns out they don’t have much to talk about apart from Shakespearean poetry and grand romantic gestures. Back in Verona, Rosaline and Dario share their first kiss, knowing full well that their roles in the story will likely be forgotten.

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