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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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Teena Booth (teleplay), Teri Wilson (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Busby ... Elizabeth Scott
Ryan Paevey ... Donovan Darcy
Elizabeth McLaughlin Elizabeth McLaughlin ... Gabrielle Barrow
Frances Fisher ... Violet Darcy
Lini Evans ... Linda Scott
Tammy Gillis ... Jenna Scott
Sarah Desjardins ... Zara Darcy
Courtney Richter ... Felicity Robson
Ryan Kennedy ... Henry Robson
Ken Tremblett ... Grant Markham
Ty Wood ... Joe Markham
Hannah Carter Hannah Carter ... Student
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Dr. Thurston
Robert Allan Hughes ... Dog Show Man
Noel Johansen ... Linus


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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Release Date:

23 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Amore, orgoglio e pregiudizio See more »

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The Hallmark Channel See more »
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16:9 HD
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A very rare Hallmark miss
5 March 2018 | by ladymustang-12160See all my reviews

I had heard good things about this movie, so I was looking forward to it. But this is the first Hallmark movie that I can remember where there really is nothing redeeming about it.

First off, as someone who used to show dogs, their entire depiction of dog shows was just absolutely laughable. There was nothing even remotely realistic about it. There are some dogs in the ring, but then the female lead gets called in separately by number? And then leaves again and then comes back for final review? Yeah, no, that's not how it works. The so-called judge barely touches the dog. And why are there several different types of dogs in the ring at once? And no, they don't hang the ribbons around the necks of the handlers. Oh my gosh. Just no. Completely absurd.

Now I've got that off my chest, this is a rare Hallmark movie where there is absolutely zero chemistry between the leads. And the story itself was so poorly crafted that it was impossible to believe these two were falling in love. They barely spent more than 5 minutes together at a time; they never really talked in any kind of depth to get to know each other; he was supposed to be the rude one, but he came across as being fairly polite while she was always rude, so why the heck would he fall in love with such a witch? Even the subplot with the privileged dad who got her fired was absurd. It started out okay with him getting her fired. I can believe the board taking the side of the rich patron over a teacher, but the idea that he would sue her was beyond stupid, and having him show up at the party was nonsensical. The man got what he wanted when he got her fired; the rest of it was just overkill and just lazy writing.

I generally love Hallmark movies and can forgive a lot in them because they're usually just fun, but this one was a waste of my time. I was so disappointed in it. Just nothing unfortunately to recommend it. :(

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