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Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016)

In this modern day spin on "Pride & Prejudice," Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby), is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth Scott
... Donovan Darcy
Elizabeth McLaughlin ... Gabrielle Barrow
... Violet Darcy
... Linda Scott
... Jenna Scott
... Zara Darcy
... Felicity Robson
... Henry Robson
... Grant Markham
... Joe Markham
Hannah Carter ... Student
Keith Martin Gordey ... Dr. Thurston
... Dog Show Man
... Linus
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In this modern day spin on "Pride and Prejudice," Elizabeth Scott is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show. Dog show judge Donovan Darcy comes across as aristocratic and rude and a chain of misunderstandings unfold during the competition, complicating their mutual attraction. In true Jane Austen fashion, Elizabeth and Donovan begin to see the error of their ways and it turns out Mr. Darcy is far more kind and interesting than Elizabeth ever imagined. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Although officially based on the novel of the same name by Teri Wilson, it can also be seen as a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice, as the novel is itself based on Jane Austen's classic. See more »

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In a dog show, ribbons are handed to the handler, never draped around the handler's neck. See more »

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Version of Pride and Prejudice (1980) See more »

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Unmooring Jane Austen
24 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Jane Austen has been a longtime favorite of film makers and BBC programmers. Her novels of women's plights and the wonderful clothes that upper class English people wear have become the modern fairy tale model. As a result, it was almost inevitable that the Hallmark Channel would use Miss Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE as the basis for one of their movies.

Unhappily, in doing so, they have reduced the story to a series of incidents that ignore Miss Austen's close observation and musings on women's place in society to a standard romcon formula. The leads may be named Elizabeth and Darcy, but the whole is handled in a mechanical fashion. The writers have even tossed in puppies for cuteness; he is a dog show judge and she a dog handler.

There are some fine performances involved in this mediocre film. France's Fisher as Mr. Darcy's aunt is an unadorned, snobbish piece of works -- without, alas, any of the humor typically brought to the role.

In the end, my issue with this Hallmark TV romantic comedy is the same as with a lot of them. They may be romantic in the sense that the beautiful and virtuous young woman winds up with the handsome and virtuous young man; it's the lack of anything comic that bores me. If the standard Hallmark romcon model is what you're looking for, you'll be satisfied. As for me, like Miss Austen, I'll continue to hope for more than characters who fit neatly into their plotted slots.


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