Pride & Prejudice
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Surprisingly, despite the success of the sterling BBC/A&E production where Collin Firth was the first Darcy I ever saw that made the role work, there has not been a theatrical version of "Pride & Prejudice" since 1940, let alone in a modern setting. So we have the new and improved Elizabeth Bennett (Kam Heskin) who is now both a student and an aspiring novelist. Instead of being saddled with four sisters she now has four housemates, Jane (Lucila Solá) from Argentina, Mary (Rainy Kerwin), Lydia (Kelly Stables), and Kitty (Nicole Hamilton). Elizabeth is snubbed by Fitzwilliam Darcy (Orlando Seale) while Jane is smitten by Charles Bingley (Ben Gourley), whose sister Caroline (Kara Holden) has her eyes set on Darcy. Then there are the new versions of Jack Wickham (Henry Maguire), Charlotte (Carmen Rasmusen), and Collins (Hubbel Palmer).Read more ›
Storyline Snapshot: Elizabeth Bennett's life is filled with attending college, working at the local bookstore, and attempting to perfect her first novel. She has all the companionship she needs from her 4 roommmates Lydia, Kitty, Mary, and Jane...and, of course, Lydia's dog Austen. The last thing Elizabeth needs or wants is a man complicating her life. Then Lizzie's best friend, Jane, meets the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, Jane's boyfriend, Charlie, is best friends with the high and mighty Will Darcy. This means that now Elizabeth has to keep running into the proud Darcy...and every time he seems to want to pick a fight. Sound Familiar? Well, it is. I found the references to Jane Austen's work, Pride and Prejudice, fun to pick out and the rest of the story pretty original and fun. Five stars.
If you take your Austen seriously don't expect this to be a faithful or meaningful adaptation. Look to it as a charming novelty to while away a couple of hours.
This film is set in the LDS singles' scene in Provo, UT. But you wouldn't know that unless you had been there and lived in it. If you're LDS, and have experienced some of the singles' culture there, the film will be all the more rich and funny for you. If you're not, you'll miss some of the nuances, but it's still totally enjoyable. (Once you understand that there are strong pressures to marry in your early twenties, and that abstinence before and fidelity after marriage are highly prized, you're good to go.) The college Elizabeth (Kam Heskin) attends is never identified as Brigham Young University, but it's recognizably evident it was filmed there. I had a Physical Science class in the room where her English class is held, and the library scenes were unmistakable, as were the scenes filmed on West Center Street downtown, and at the hotel just west of the NuSkin building on Center Street. (There may have been one or two outdoor campus shots taken at UVSC down in Orem, as well.) When Elizabeth and Jack Wickham are walking back to Elizabeth's car after their dinner at the Indian Restaurant (where they were given the check by the Daniel himself (executive director and owner of the Bombay House where Jack & Elizabeth ate)), they're walking along the street right in front of the Utah County buildings there on Center Street and University Ave. It was a kick recognizing the various scenes and settings, right down to the tux shop where I rented tuxedoes for the groomsmen at my wedding, just two doors down from the bookshop where Elizabeth works.
As for the supposed religious slant of the film, the words "Mormon" and "LDS" are never mentioned, and there is very little reference to anything religious.Read more ›
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Awesome movie. Fun and light hearted. A must watch for Pride and Prejudice fans.Published 28 days ago by anoriel
BORING. NOTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THE PLOT LIKE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.Published 2 months ago by In love with a WM
The idea of having a modern day spin on Pride and Prejudice is cute, but this film falls totally flat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sb
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