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Before the Fall (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 May 2017 (USA)
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A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Sharrett ... Ben Bennett
Chase Conner ... Lee Darcy
Brandi Price ... Jane Gardiner
Jason Mac ... Chuck Bingley
Carol Marie Rinn Carol Marie Rinn ... Cathy Burge
Jonathan Horvath ... George Wickham
Bryan Pridgen Bryan Pridgen ... Kittner Frost
Daniel Wallen Daniel Wallen ... Lyle Jennings
Clayton Van Huss Clayton Van Huss ... Prosecutor
Garrett Jackson Garrett Jackson ... Judge Jakson
Wes Ross Wes Ross ... Bailiff
Lance Blaylock Lance Blaylock ... Policeman
Donnamarie Emmert Donnamarie Emmert ... Blind Lady
Donna Gayle Akers Donna Gayle Akers ... Cabo Lady
Sandy Schweingruber Sandy Schweingruber ... Receptionist
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A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who unknowingly insults Lee Darcy, a detached factory worker wrongly charged with domestic abuse. Both men form an immediate dislike for each other which becomes a significant problem when Ben falls in love with Lee.

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A re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice.

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30 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Abingdon, Virginia, USA See more »

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Jane Gardiner: I hope I'm not defined by the worst thing that I've ever done.
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Interesting aspirations, problematic aspects
17 July 2018 | by calvintorontoSee all my reviews

It helps to have read Pride and Prejudice, but that isn't necessary. The film stands on its own.

Where it stands fairly well is in its direction and editing. The film is crisp and goes where it needs to without a lot of fuss. Cinematography shows off the scenery quite well.

Where it fails is twofold: one, the script -- and, thus, characterizations -- and, two, the chemistry between the leads. The film indulges in embarrassing cliches, such as the two gay best friends who are ostensibly meant to be taken ironically, I suppose; but they come off as a couple of losers. Cringeworthy, even. The women don't fare very well, especially Darcy's girlfriend. Their acting is fine; it's just that the women -- and some of the men -- appear to be in a different movie. The girlfriend is a homophobic shrew....which gives rise to a related problem, that of open homophobia clearly expressed. While it's certainly understandable that these attitudes exist, why this film, ostensibly about a slow-brewing romance, indulges homophobia to the extent it does is problematic. We've all heard these things before; and rather than make us dislike more the characters who are homophobic, you are aghast that the script is so in-your-face about this. Less of this would have been better.

The two leads are fine; yet in so far as they are physically quite different so too is there zero chemistry. Bennett is all sincerity and feelings while Darcy is all brooding and impenetrable. They are oil and water and it just does not work. The ending -- and this is a sort of spoiler but not really, as the ending is clearly what you think it will be, especially if you know the novel -- where they kiss has to be the most unromantic moment I've ever witnessed in a film.

Huge plot hole: a neighbour believes she sees Darcy hit his girlfriend -- he doesn't -- and hears him threaten to harm her. No one challenges this, not even the police officer, by saying "Where were you when you heard the threat?" She was in her own house next door and all the windows were closed; even if she had been outside she couldn't have heard a thing. This is just sloppy.

One final point: the music / soundtrack. It's like you're in a shopping mall. I get that scoring a film costs money. But the producer could have avoided this simply by using less music but of better quality.


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