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Puck (gentlepuck) | 159 comments Has anyone watched this film yet? I haven't made up my mind yet on whether I like it or not. I guess I do because I watched it like three times to form an opinion.

The plot is Elizabeth Bennent and Amanda Price, a down on her love life and desire for romance modern woman, switch places. Some how, there is a passage that links the attic of the Bennets to Amanda's shower wall. Elizabeth lives in modern times London while Amanda assumes her place in the story of Pride and Prejudice. Everything goes wrong and Amanda is at a loss on what to do.

I thought the Bennets were portrayed awesomely. The mother was great! Jane was interesting and almost looked fairy like. Elizabeth was very calm and not developed but I think that was the point. It was kind of like the choose your own adventure book of the same title but the movie and the book are not related.

I don't know! I would love some thoughts and feelings on this film.

Have a groovy Austen day!!


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Leshawn | 25 comments I bought the film and plan to watch it while I'm away at the beach. I'll check back in after I see it!


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Erika Boncz (erikaboncz) | 6 comments I am kind of with Sarah, not quite sure if I liked it or not.


message 4: by Puck (new)

Puck (gentlepuck) | 159 comments I know, right? You want to like because it's Pride and Prejudice but I didn't like the actress who played Amanda Price. She was not a good pace setter if that makes sense.


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Kimberly Hulst (KimberlyHulst) | 76 comments Hunted it down on line, because I wasn't sure I wanted to pay the extra money to have it special delivered from Europe to Canada. Glad I did not pay anything for it.

Hated it.


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Dl737 | 8 comments Actually - I saw it and liked it a lot. I didn't expect much from it - and was quite surprised that I found it entertaining. Again it wasn't brain food - just fun seeing beloved characters react differently to situations.

As long as you don't take it too seriously - it wasn't bad at all.


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Puck (gentlepuck) | 159 comments Dl737 wrote: "Actually - I saw it and liked it a lot. I didn't expect much from it - and was quite surprised that I found it entertaining. Again it wasn't brain food - just fun seeing beloved characters react d..."

I feel that way about a lot of movies. it's important to be flexible and take a relaxed approach to any medium of art.


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Puck (gentlepuck) | 159 comments Kimberly wrote: "Hunted it down on line, because I wasn't sure I wanted to pay the extra money to have it special delivered from Europe to Canada. Glad I did not pay anything for it.

Hated it. "


Way to cautious:)



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Micki (inxstr31) | 6 comments This is one of those movies you need to watch a few times, good thing I own the DVD, to really enjoy. It's entertaining and you do get a good chuckle in some of the scenes.


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Joey (joeymporter) | 4 comments I enjoyed the movie. I was in the middle of studying and needed a break and this movie was perfect for that state of mind. I just zoned out and enjoyed the silliness.


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Stella (stella_exlibris) | 9 comments I can understand your ambiguity when it comes to this film, when I started watching it, I didn't like it, I hated the main actress so much (she looks and acts so vulgar! with that flaming red hair, her collagene filled lips, etc.) it irritated me while watching it, but after the 2nd part she kinda grew on me. But I loved all the other characters: the Bennets were so real and believable, and this original take on Mrs. Bennet was great! Hugh Bonneville was a perfect Mr. Bennet, and all the Bennet sisters were great! Mr. Collins seriously freaked me out, though I'm used to horrors, when I saw him and him sniffing his fingers ugh ..brrr..!

I loved some of the twists: that Wickham wasn't the scoundrel but a nice guy underneath all that charm. My only complaint is that I love Gemma Arterton she is the perfect Lizzie Bennet, and it would have been nice to see more of her..

I think the mini-series did achieve its main goal when at the end, the viewers die-hard Lizzie/Darcy fans started rooting for Amanda and Darcy to live happily after. :-)

that scene when she had to sing something at the piano was hilarious!! :-D


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Heidi I quite enjoyed it, though I didn't think I would. I wasn't crazy about the actress who had the main role, at first, but I soon realized that was the point -- to have someone who DIDN'T fit in, as a counterpoint. And even though they turned a lot of things on their ear(s) you knew that deep down the adapters GOT IT. My favorite scene: when Amanda insists that Darcy has to take a dip in the pond. I also quite like Eliot Cowan as an actor, even though he was a bit wasted in this part. He reminds me physically and in other ways of Heath Ledger.


message 13: by Puck (new)

Puck (gentlepuck) | 159 comments I totally resonate with your comments. Thanks for joining in the discussion!


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I just watched this (got if from Netflix) and I thought it was really cute. I loved the twists (Wickham is perhaps not so bad, and Caroline loving the ladies, etc). I also really loved Alex Kingston as Mrs. Bennett. She actually came of as not so loathsome. Lydia was not annoying enough, however. And Lizzy would definitely adapt to the modern world that fast.


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Bill (bill_bee) | 81 comments I liked it quite a bit. I didn't think I would. I especially liked the Elizabeth Bennett character, even though she has only a small role in the movie. I liked the way she quickly adapted to the 21st century.


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Usako (bbmeltdown) | 226 comments Own it. I watch it now and again as a reminder to sometimes read Austen not so seriously. I tend to see the novel in a new light that way...though it CAN be difficult. *chuckles* I actually adore how Wickham was portrayed in this movie. Caroline's twist made me snort and yet, I suppose, it could be possible. Maybe. Uuuh. Hmm.

Lizzy in the 21st Century was fantastic! Let's see more of that!


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Bill (bill_bee) | 81 comments Tanja wrote: "Lizzy in the 21st Century was fantastic! Let's see more of that!..."

Yes, I would love to see a sequel that focused on Lizzy here and now.


message 18: by Laura (new)

Laura (thatlibrarianlady) I just watched this. I thought it did exactly what it set out to do, it entertained. And I kind of like the Darcy. He does a pretty good job and he's quite handsome.


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (stephw88) I really liked it because Wickham wasn't at all like the original character from the book. But Darcy was really weird to watch. In my opinion he was way too mean and arrogant.


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Renee (steelergirl83) | 1 comments I loved it and wish I was Amanda LOL!


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Margaret Metz | 112 comments You know, I thought I was going to hate it ~ and I think I could have done without some of the crude comments about landing strips and that sort of thing ~ but the overall movie was good for me. I didn't see it as something trying to stay true to the book - but exactly as it claimed to be - a modern woman who loves the book suddenly getting a chance to be there.

She does hold up with the witty remarks, tries to protect the story which her very presence is changing, and the supporting cast was wonderful! I laughed quite a bit through it. I thought the twist about Wickham and Georgiana was interesting.

Even my husband and son watched this one with me and liked it. :o)


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Shaun | 123 comments I saw this one not too long ago either. I thought it was enjoyable, although I wished that it would have ended as it should have (like the original)! I wonder if the door closed forever or if Amanda and Elizabeth could come and go if they wanted?


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Margaret Metz | 112 comments Renee wrote: "I loved it and wish I was Amanda LOL!"

Me too!


Literary Multitudes (literary_multitudes) | 17 comments Bill wrote:
"Tanja wrote: "Lizzy in the 21st Century was fantastic! Let's see more of that!..."
Yes, I would love to see a sequel that focused on Lizzy here and now."


Me, too! :-D I so loved Lizzy in the present "I'm marcobiotic"
(And also Piranha, I would have liked to see more of her, too!)

And I also love the new & improved Wickham, great plot twist.

I didn't like Mr. Darcy though, not at all. And I also didn't really get the Amanda-Darcy story line. I was kind of asking why things happened all the time.

I watched the DVDs several times by now and I'm okay with it. I don't love it so very much, but I find it quite funny sometimes. But I wished they had picked some different actors, especially Mr. Darcy. I'm torn about Amanda, sometimes I really like the actress, sometimes I really don't.


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Shaun | 123 comments I have to agree! This Darcy was okay, but he seemed a little too uptight. I did like the Wickam character and even Caroline (who I liked better as Mrs. E!). I wish that we could have seen Elizabeth in the modern world too. I guess this was like the "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict." Haven't read the book though.


message 26: by Joy (new)

Joy (joylnorth) I'm usually a 'purist' when it comes to Austen adaptations, and it can drive me crazy when a script deviates from the book, but I watched this with the intent to embrace the nonsense of it and I did enjoy it. The twist with Wickham and Georgiana was really interesting, definitely not something I had thought of before! Amanda kinda drove me crazy because I felt that if she was such an Austen fan, she should have tried harder to fit in with the culture, but I suppose that would have lessened the culture clash concept. Overall, a light and fun movie that afforded some unique perspectives.


message 27: by Jennifer (last edited Mar 30, 2010 09:17AM) (new)

Jennifer Gentry (authorjennifergentry) | 97 comments Did not care for this as much as some of you others did, but I didn't completely hate it, either. I probably won't rush out and buy it, but if it happens to be on I might watch it again. I wasn't a fan of this Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen is my favorite Darcy so far. Sorry, ladies, but I just don't find Colin Firth attractive), but it was interesting to see the twist with Wickham (Georgiana's twist I did NOT like and could have been left out, as far as I'm concerned).

I did wonder about stuff that wasn't mentioned. How strange would it be to live without modern conveniences like indoor plumbing (a flush toilet, anyone?) or electricity? We've all had to "rough it" when our power goes out, but would we want to live like that forever? Not me!


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Two comments: Matthew is my favorite Mr. Darcy, too! Colin in the pond does nothing for me. lol

And, I have always thought about how people romanticize the past, and parts of it seem wonderful. But, to go back to a time when women died in childbirth (alot), doctors bled you for a fever, chamber pots, etc. And, unless you had the money, you were out of luck, a spinster at 27! Ah, but the balls and the dresses and the gallant heroes -- I'll take that part!


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Jennifer Gentry (authorjennifergentry) | 97 comments Jeannette wrote: "Two comments: Matthew is my favorite Mr. Darcy, too! Colin in the pond does nothing for me. lol

And, I have always thought about how people romanticize the past, and parts of it seem wonderful. ..."


I completely agree with you, Jeannette! (Especially about Colin Firth in the pond.. LOL!) There's just something more lovable about Matthew as Darcy. He makes Darcy look almost...shy. Which is adorable. And I know, not at all how Austen (or anyone else) paints him. But that's okay! I read somewhere that he'd never read the book, so he was just basing the character off the script an how he interpreted Darcy's personality to be.

I also agree that people romanticize the past. This movie would've been a great opportunity to really "unglamorize" the past and really show what life would've been like in Austen's time. For most of us, the time period would not have been as we imagine it to be. I doubt that the rich elite--or even semi-wealthy middle class--were the majority, and so most of us probably would've fallen into that poorer-middle class to working class where ball gowns were not the norm.

But, oh, is it fun to daydream! ;-)


message 30: by Joy (new)

Joy (joylnorth) Good point ladies - I think I would faint from the stench of body odor. Not being able to bathe daily and having greasy, dirty hair would make me insane! Luckily, time travel is not a possibility for me, so I will continue to ignore all of the inconveniences and romanticize away...


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Laura | 14 comments Just watched this last weekend. I am still torn over whether it was totally hilarious or totally ridiculous. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like the main character because I really disliked the actress's performance in Kinky Boots, but I was pleasently surprised. She was excellent in this movie.

Mr. Darcy was quite a looker too, but he was just so darn rude. And his moods seemed to swing from loving Miss Price to hating her really fast, often without much to explain it. I just couldn't quite believe the romance. But maybe there just wasn't enough time to show more of his inner struggles and changes.

Wickham was great. His storyline twist was cool, but I spent the whole movie waiting for him to be revealed as another modern day person. He just seemed to be so in tune with the story and he had such an open mind and didn't seem to be confused in any way by Miss Price's odd behaviour or clothing. He was so willing to help her out (well, later after the fishmonger incident!) it seemed natural that he might be another modern day person who understood her plight.


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Margaret Metz | 112 comments You know I think there were a couple things that endeared this movie to me.

#1 ~ Amanda Price is not a scholar - she's just a reader. She isn't schooled on all the manners and customs that would make her "acceptable" and she had no time to prepare for this adventure. She didn't even really seem to have a choice. Elizabeth more or less made the choice for her. She bumbles it a lot - but many of those things are not of her making, and she does try to set things right.

#2 ~ I have had many conversations about how characters tend to talk back, argue, and become stubborn until they get their way ~ or reveal things about themselves that the author never intended. So I was perhaps more ... open to the sort of changes they put into this movie. It fit into the general sort of character we had come to expect ~ and still managed to put a fresh twist on the tale.

#3 ~ I didn't approach it as a straight interpretation of Pride and Prejudice - but more along the lines of something that captured the core issues in a funny, approachable and more relatable way for audiences today. Darcy still had to deal with his Pride - and Amanda her prejudice ~ against what her ideal had been and the real man she met - plus the other people she met - including Wickham. It still accomplished the goals of having us look at those failings in ourselves and hopefully make better choices.

No - It wasn't Jane Austen. It was a fun love story that entertained and I hope helps move people to want to read the real thing. :o)


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Kim | 181 comments I just saw the whole thing over the weekend. I have to say I really did enjoy it. I thought it was hysterical. I like how they took everything you thought was going to happen and completely flipped it! Obviously everything had to change because Lizzie wasn't there. Pride and Prejudice focuses on Lizzie and it made sense that everything warped itself because she wasn't there. I laughed so much during it. My favorite line had to be Bingley's "Downtown" comment after Amanda sang "Downtown".

About the Darcy from this - I have to agree with an earlier comment someone made about how similar the actor playing Darcy looked like Heath Ledger. I couldn't get Heath's face out of my head. That’s all I saw while watching this!


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Jennifer Gentry (authorjennifergentry) | 97 comments I'm not quite seeing the resemblance between this Mr. Darcy and Heath Ledger, but to each her own I suppose. Maybe it's been too long since I've seen it...


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Katherine | 5 comments I actually liked this movie. The girl who played Amanda was in a BBC series called Hex that I liked. I have to say I can't Jusdge Matthew McFayden because Kiera Knightly turned me off to the whole movie. I laughed so hard when Amanda made Mr. Darcy walk out of the pond.


message 36: by Kim (new)

Kim | 181 comments Mr. Darcy coming out of the pond was definitely one of my favorite parts of that movie. Hysterical.


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Anna (SylviaGrant) | 162 comments Can anyone tell me a complete review of this movie?? I have watched the trailer twice but I want to know if there is any really bad scenes or anything.


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Charity U (narnianatheart) | 37 comments Anna wrote: "Can anyone tell me a complete review of this movie?? I have watched the trailer twice but I want to know if there is any really bad scenes or anything."

Anna, do not watch it! It's really not worth it. The idea is great, but they managed to butcher it. :P There are a number of inappropriate things, added sensuality stuff, it's just not good. I think you could find a better review than this on imdb.com.


message 39: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 162 comments I really wished it would be good. Thank you for being honest with me Charity.


message 40: by Robin (new)

Robin (goodreadscomtriviagoddessl) I even bought the video, a few years back and have watched it only once. Not a good Austen remake, or redo, or whatever they call it. It is LOOSELY based on Pride and Prejudice, and they portray Mrs. Bennet as a hysterical simpering fool. Not a good one.


message 41: by Charity (new)

Charity U (narnianatheart) | 37 comments Anna wrote: "I really wished it would be good. Thank you for being honest with me Charity."

I had high hopes of it being good too... :( Oh well. An unfortunate waste of time.


message 42: by Robin (last edited Apr 22, 2011 05:52PM) (new)

Robin (goodreadscomtriviagoddessl) I know, and I shelled out some money for that video,not a whole lot of money, but nontheless.


message 43: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Gentry (authorjennifergentry) | 97 comments Watched this again today when it was aired on the Ovation channel. Hands down, this Mr. Collins is the CREEPIEST of them all. {{shudder}}


message 44: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 162 comments But he is made tall?? He is never tall in any of the P&P movies I have seen.


message 45: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Gentry (authorjennifergentry) | 97 comments Anna C. wrote: "But he is made tall?? He is never tall in any of the P&P movies I have seen."

You're right. He *is* tall. And fairly skinny. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but in P&P wasn't Mr. Collins somewhat of a portly man?

I'd also forgotten that Lady Catherine tries to pawn off Collins' other brothers on the sisters. Seriously bad. It was fun at the end to see Mrs. B develop a backbone and stand up to the charming Lady C.


message 46: by Charity (new)

Charity U (narnianatheart) | 37 comments Anna, it had it's good parts. There were some fun and funny things. But there's too much objectionable stuff in it for me. I'm a year older than you...I'll admit it was something that I should not have watched. I'll leave it at that.


message 47: by Robin (new)

Robin (goodreadscomtriviagoddessl) Me, too. Can't get a refund on my money, Drat!


message 48: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 162 comments Thank you you all for being so honest.


message 49: by Robin (new)

Robin (goodreadscomtriviagoddessl) Sure that is what we are here for.


message 50: by Charity (new)

Charity U (narnianatheart) | 37 comments No problem, Anna. You're right, Robin!


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