Unleashing Mr. Darcy

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6.11 h 24 min2016ALL
Elizabeth gets the opportunity of showing her dog in a New York dog show. The judge, Donovan Darcy, comes across as aristocratic and rude, and a chain of misunderstandings unfold, complicating their attraction to one another.
Directors
David Winning
Starring
Cindy BusbyRyan Paevey
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DramaRomance
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English [CC]
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English
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Christian Bruyère
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1652 global ratings

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M.B.Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
I Really Wanted to Like It
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I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice and all the remakes, so I really, really wanted to like this movie. There were a few cute elements but the character of Elizabeth portrayed in this movie was so condescending and snobbish I was embarrassed for her. One would think she might learn her lesson about wrongly judging Mr. Darcy after having to uncomfortably apologize to him once, but then she does it again and again, insulting him over and over about his wealth, and constantly berating him. The message I got out of this movie is how dare anyone be wealthy? Shame on you if you are! It got old after the 2nd time but then it just kept repeating. How in the world Mr. Darcy ever manages to fall in love with her is beyond me. I was also disgusted that Elizabeth had absolutely no backbone. She was falsely accused and slandered more than once during the movie and does she try to fight to clear her name? No! She runs away, or goes off to cry, or gets angry at Mr. Darcy and accuses him...yet again. And she readily accepts being bullied out of her job for doing the right thing and immediately moves on. What a message to send to children! There is some resolution to these conflicts, but none of it was made possible by anything Elizabeth did to try to clear her name. She never stood up for herself! I found her character so frustrating that I could not enjoy the movie. My husband said it was the worst version of Pride and Prejudice he has ever seen. Unfortunately, I have to agree.
14 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mediocre take on Pride and Prejudice
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Normally i like Hallmark movies. This one was OK. It is supposed to be a take-off on Pride and Prejudice, but the similarities are only superficial. The story is about a girl who is a teacher at a private school and also a dog trainer who loses her job because of a run-in with a pushy parent and ends up going to live with a friend in New York who hires her to help train and show one of her dogs. Along the way, she makes the acquaintance of a rich dog show judge with whom she sort of doesn't get along with at first because of misunderstandings about his true nature. The main characters are likable but the romantic leads don't really have a ton of chemistry in this one. Some of the other aspects of the movie are somewhat less than realistic too such as the teaching situation and the secondary story about the sister and her love affair. If you are looking for a well-done modern take on Pride and Prejudice, this one will leave you wanting. If you are just looking for a nice Hallmark movie for the evening, this one is OK. It's not the best of the genre but it is watchable.
10 people found this helpful
Mary TwainReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
True, but still a VERY enjoyable movie!
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I do agree with many of the reviews of those who gave it 1-2 stars. However, I don't know why but I just love this movie! It is a feel-good, well-filmed, well-edited, well-propped movie with very likable characters. I agree that there doesn't seem to be a reason why Mr. Darcy would like her, but in reality, when it's love/attraction/curiosity at first sight, it's possible. Besides, you see that Mr. Darcy says verbatim what the protagonist says at the very opening of the movie. So this immediately confirms her disdain for her first impression of Mr. Darcy. I loved watching it over and over on my DVR, and when it erased, I tried to resist but just missed this movie too much and had to buy. That's when I saw the 1-2 star reviews and just had to give my 5 for a fun, cute, feel-good movie!
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Mattie R.Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charming fun
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I love dogs, and I love Pride and Prejudice. This is someone's reimagining of, "How would that look today, maybe?" The "Elizabeth" character mistreated by fate is a King Charles Spaniel-owning teacher, put on probation by her private school as the result of a conniving parent unhappy with his entitled son's grade. The wealthy and (not-really-) judgmental "Darcy" character is a show judge for dogs. Guess what class of dog he judges? Spaniels. It's not high art, but it doesn't try to be.

It's a sweet and fun distraction for a couple of hours, and you'll get a few good smiles out of it.
6 people found this helpful
Lois MetlikaReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful take on Pride and Prejudicemvery in avery different way!
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Delightful, take on Pride and Prejudice, And yet,not. I enjoyed it tremendously. Had seen it on hallmark,waiting for the release on DVD, so happy it is available. Posted it n Facebook to friends,we are all lovers of Jane Austen and dislike the ridiculous spin off movies,but his was just a hint ,using a few names and characters here and there,Unfamiliar with the novel,or series, you will think it is a lightbhearted romance, which it is, enjoy, some eye candy too!!
26 people found this helpful
lapisblueReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
TERRIBLE! NOT WRITTEN FOR GROWN UPS.
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IT IS TERRIBLE...unless maybe you're in the 4th Grade and need to imagine what adults might've been like in, let me see, maybe the 90s. Writing featured lines even below the Hallmark Hall TV snoozer movie level. Felt so sorry for the actors.

I know what this is like: this is the kind of *entertainment* without controversy, sex, adult behavior, adult conversation, or anything truly interesting that would've been engineered by the religious fanatics of THE HANDMAID'S TALE.
3 people found this helpful
KristenReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hated It
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I hated everything about this movie. The female lead is cringy and rude for no reason. If that was the male lead behaving that way and the female chasing, we would say she was a doormat and he was abusive. The side evil characters are ridiculous and annoying. The dog show parts are unrealistic. The dialog is terrible. I even hated the romance. This movie is just bad.
L&J's MomReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ugh - bad writing galore
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Okay, I mostly bought this for the eye candy and hoped it would deliver a feel-good film. However.......while it was pretty to look at, the writing was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad I felt badly for the actors. There is the good skeleton of a vaguely Austenesque plot but that's where the competency ends. I am frankly surprised that Frances Fisher agreed to work with this garbage. Don't rent or buy this - a waste of time.
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