Unleashing Mr. Darcy

Unleashing Mr. Darcy

DVD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Hallmark Channel ; distributed by Cinedigm, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD UNLEASH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital,rda
widescreen (1.78:1),rda
DVD-video,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Language Note: Closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Unleashing Mister Darcy

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2018

If you ignore the spin on "Pride & Prejudice," it is a mildly entertaining romantic fantasy film. With the cute dogs, not the worst but a little more enjoyable than the 2016 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered - From Paris With Love;" but far from the best Hallmark movies of the old like: 'O Pioneers!', 'Little John', 'Sarah Plain and Tall', 'The Locket', 'The Piano Lesson', 'To Dance With The White Dog' and 'A Painted House'. Well, it was first aired on Hallmark Channel and not a Hallmark Hall of Fame production.

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kpelish
Mar 12, 2018

Shallow Hallmark remake and it shows in its cutesyness despite zero chemistry between the two leads. The movie does start off with a bang as the female lead, a teacher at a wealthy white school, turns down a bribe from an entitled dad confident his himbo, lacrosse-playing son will get a passing grade. She collides with the male lead during various dog competitions; their verbal jousting is just that, and never catches fire. Please see the Kiera Knightley/Matthew Macfadyen version of "Pride and Prejudice" for an infinitely truer adaptation of this famous book.

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Scriptrix
Nov 10, 2017

If you're going to remake a Jane Austen classic, you should at least be able to spell her name. (Back cover calls her "Jane Austin." How dare!)

As Austen remakes go, this one obviously had very little effort - and even less knowledge of the actual book Pride and Prejudice - put into it. The dialogue is boring and cliche, far from Austen's fabled sly wit. The plot has little tension beyond cattiness and social climbing. The dog-show setting serves little purpose beyond the excuse to put cute dogs on screen to distract from how one-dimensional the characters are.

If you want a good modern Pride and Prejudice retelling, please do yourself a favor and Google "Lizzie Bennet Diaries." (Seriously. Do it. You will not regret it.) Skip this one. It'll just make you sad, if you care about Austen at all.

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