A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include compassion and humility as antidotes to the titular qualities of pride and prejudice. Through Elizabeth's example, the importance of following your heart instead of financial concerns when it comes to marriage is shown. The challenges of very restrictive social conventions are made clear.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth Bennett is a headstrong woman who knows what she does and doesn't want in her life, and, despite the restrictions placed upon her in a male-dominated society, is willing to do what it takes to make her dreams come true, no matter what anyone in her family or elsewhere has to say about it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some clever verbal references to sexual desire. Some rain-soaked declarations of sexual tension and then desire. During a sermon, a minister makes a slip of the tongue regarding the word "intercourse."
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One use of "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking at parties, but no one acts intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pride & Prejudice, based on the novel by Jane Austen, includes discussions of marriage for money. Set in 19th-century England, it offers a mostly gentle, sometimes incisive critique of class and gender systems. Characters drink at a party, make mild sexual allusions, and argue with one another concerning money and romance. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the Jane Austen novel, this film's overly dramatic music and golden-lit fields are salvaged by Keira Knightley's remarkable charm. She's well-suited to play Elizabeth. In the usual Austen pairing off, designated couples are defined, divided, and brought back together. Upright sort Bingley ("I'm not a big reader, I prefer being out of doors") falls for Elizabeth's bland sister Jane (Rosamund Pike), and Darcy starts squabbling with Elizabeth. He broods and grumps, she's given to pensive rhapsodies, twisting around and around on a rope swing in the family barn, the image slowed down to make sure viewers note her daunting loveliness. Darcy certainly does -- again and again, even as he does his best to resist, by disparaging the locals ("I find the country perfectly adequate") and convincing Bingley to abandon Jane.
Though their volatile romance is the basis for Austen's class critique, it's a romance, and Elizabeth must come to realize not only that she is attracted to this difficult fellow but also that he's generous and tender -- perfectly adequate boyfriend material -- and only a bit oppressed by his own relative, the ferocious Lady Catherine (Judi Dench). Still, the film follows Austen's shape without Austen's sharpness. The tinkly piano annoys, the expansive landscapes look romantic. And Elizabeth can make the sentimental choice at last, when she actually falls in love with her monied, much desired object.
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