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Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 June 2016 (USA)
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Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

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Frederica Vernon
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Sir James Martin
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Lady Lucy Manwaring
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Lord Manwaring (as Lochlann O'Mearain)
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Miss Maria Manwaring
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Alicia Johnson
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Mr. Johnson
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Edward, Head Footman (as Jordan S. Waller)
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Owen
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Approaching Gentleman
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Reginald DeCourcy
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Charles Vernon
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Mrs. Cross
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Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

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A lady never reveals her tactics. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Lady Susan  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$133,513 (USA) (13 May 2016)

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$14,013,564 (USA) (16 September 2016)
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All of Kate Beckinsale's costumes and the majority of Chloë Sevigny's were custom-designed, despite a limited budget. See more »

Goofs

At one point, one of the female characters complains that her husband is "not old enough to die soon", thereby letting her become a wealthy widow. However, her husband in the film is quite old for the time, appearing to be in his 60's. The average life expectancy in the period of 1750-1800 was only 35 years old. The wealthy lived longer, of course, but one was still not expected to live past 50 years of age at the time. See more »

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Lady Susan Vernon: Facts are horrid things.
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At the conclusion of the end credits, there is a line encouraging viewers to read the novel, "in which Lady Susan Vernon is thoroughly vindicated." See more »


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Cor di padre
from "Tamerlano"
[Susan & Reginald's Promenade]
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Performed by The Irish Film Orchestra, Mark Suozzo, featuring Chloë Martin (soprano)
(P) 2016 Sony Classical
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Was this an improvement on "Lady Susan"?
3 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this is a movie that only Jane Austen fans can love. I like Jane Austen but I don't like this movie.

The non-acting aspects of the movie were superb, and the acting overall was fine. My problems with the movie is the story itself and the director's lack of imagination with it.

The movie reflects that, as an early work of Jane Austen, it was not very sophisticated. The writing and directing did not improve on it. In effect, the movie was built on a series of tedious soliloquies by Lady Susan. The only suspense was provided by not knowing which plot elements were real or Lady Susan's fabricated illusions. After a while I realized that I was giving too much benefit to Lady Susan for fabricating illusions. She was clever but not that clever. Her cunning strategies--and the plot--mostly had a short-term horizon that never extended past the next scene.

I want to find the book and read it because I can't believe that it had some of the serious defects that the film showed. Most notably, what has been a friendly relation abruptly transformed to a discussion of marriage. I thought I had missed some bridging aspect of the dialogue but checked with my companions after the movie and they had been mystified too. I have a sense that a bridging scene was left on the editing room floor and no one noticed the abrupt change of pace.

The conclusion of the movie came too suddenly. Just was it seemed there would be another act, the house lights came on and the movie was over. I got the sense that Jane Austen ran out of ideas for the story, perhaps got bored with it, and so quickly tied up the loose ends.

To restate, the non-acting aspects of the movie were superb, and the acting itself was fine, per se. Perhaps there wasn't much material for a great movie in the original Jane Austen work, but the movie I saw could have been a lot better. I think the directing killed the potential for great acting and killed movie overall.


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