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Scents and Sensibility
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
Obviously more of a chick flick but still good. It is very clean, no swearing or sex scenes, which is so hard to come by anymore. Not super realistic but the girls do try to "earn" a living rather than giving up. There are some laughs, and it is fun to see how it relates to Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", even using the same character's names.

This is fun to watch with daughters and girlfriends. I've watched it a few times now and will continue to with friends who haven't seen it. I also bought it for my married daughter for her birthday.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon November 23, 2012
This modern day version of the great Jane Austen novel holds on to the original by the slimmest of threads while providing a predictable but cute romantic comedy.

Using similar character names, e.g., the Dashwoods, and very general storyline, three sisters and their mother(although this movie's mostly about the two older sisters, Elinor and Marianne)struggle to make it in the world after their great fortune is lost.

*Spoiler Alert*-Here the father is imprisoned for being a financial, Madoff-like crook. Elinor and Marianne find desperate employment cleaning toilets and such at a spa and working as a copy girl, respectively. Marianne has a gift for making lotions from flowers that the no good Fran Ferrars(sister of kindly Edward) steals. Their little sister needs medicine for her leukemia, and mother is rarely seen.-End Alert- It sounds worst than it is for there is romance in the air, and overall, everything is mostly lighthearted with a few dramatic moments.

Of course, Elinor is the more responsible one, but surpresses her angst and Marianne is bound to make stupid romantic choices with the ever worthless John Willoughby over the heroic, and in this tale, young, handsome Brandon. It's only about hour and a half, so things really have to move along and character development is limited.

The actors do alright. Marla Sokoloff is the queen of this genre(Christmas in Boston, The Chateau Meroux, et al.) and is good at it even in a fairly low budget flick. The music bounces along nicely; most of the shots are at their apartment, spa, or workplace and are pretty meager, but there are a couple outdoor scenes that are beautiful and romantic.

The ending is sweet. What more could one ask for? Except to pop in one of the old Austen movies or read the book, again.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
I'm a Christian mom and loved this movie. It was wholesome, funny, and had some excellent life lessons, including some on character (being honest even when it hurts). I highly recommend this to those who like this kind of movie. It would be appropriate for ages 8 up, if the 8-year-old is mature. My husband liked it as much as I did.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
This is a cute movie and an acceptable way to fill a boring afternoon, but this book bears very little resemblance to Jane Austen's book. The main characters have the same names, but that's where the similiarities end. Also, most of the funniest parts of the original book (Mrs. Jennings & Sir John, in particular) are missing from this story. This movie is not funny and doesn't have much drama, either. It was OK, but I would rather have waited for this to come up on cable than to have bought it. I gave it 3 stars because it is a cute story, but to call it an adaptation of S&S is REALLY a stretch. Clueless is a better adaptation of Emma than this is of Sense & Sensibility.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
I'm pretty sure I could have written a better script. And I'm barely paraphrasing this -
Lady at spa: "My foot really hurts."
Marianne: "Oh, I just happen to have this wonderful lotion - here try some." [squirt]
Lady at spa: "Oh wow - my foot feels all better now! I'm going to tell all my friends about this wonderful lotion!".
And one line I especially thought interesting was when Mom says "I've lost too much. I'm not going to lose your sister too." Like the death of her own daughter would just sort of be the last straw in her bad day.
Almost every line in the movie was either awkwardly phrased or totally unrealistic. I just wanted something light and fun for the end of my work day. It was light - but not all that fun. I fell asleep through a big chunk of it toward the end and didn't even go back.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
The plot has a good basis, but the story lags. I appreciated the "clean" and unabjectionable content. This is a safe dvd, but not a great inspirational movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
Cute movie. Only an hour and half long but has a good story to it. Nicely made movie for the whole family to watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
We love this current day version of the classic! It does change it up a little, but you will enjoy watching this version as well as the original classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was a good dvd to watch.It was funny and easy to follow the story line. Something different and funny and good for the entire family to watch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
A very bad Hallmark channel spin off. Very disappointed with acting and seriously poor flow. Do yourself a favor and miss this one!!!!
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