Pride & Prejudice

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 127 minutes
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 52 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence
Sex

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."

Language

One use of "ass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking at parties, but no one acts intoxicated.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBeckstar October 29, 2011

fine. Just some kissing and sexual tension

This film is excellent! No sex scenes and I don't remember any violence. Just a heated argument between a woman and another woman. There is some kissing sc... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written bymjemm April 23, 2010

Perfect for entire family. Help boys understand how to treat the female sex with honor, dignity, and respect.

the movie was full of what we no longer exposed our children to in society. There was such a sense of decency and honor between men and women. My two boys lov... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylordmax April 9, 2008

Very good cinamatics

hey, im a boy and i liked it. The storyline was well writen and edited, and the cinamatics were amazing. (i saw it one time my mom watched it. she loves it. als... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydicapriofreak94 October 22, 2010
Oh my gosh...:) This movie is so romantic and sweet!! I love romantic movies, and this one is one of the best i've seen, by far! Keira Knightley and Matthe... Continue reading

What's the story?

Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is self-directed and stubborn, not to mention prone to PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Although she's a good girl, looking after her four sisters, trying to appease her mother (Brenda Blethyn), and doting on her daddy (Donald Sutherland), she also wants more than marriage to a boring man who happens to have money. She's destined to find her match in Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). They meet at a ball near her family home, Darcy being a guest of Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) and his sister Caroline (Kelly Reilly). Their arrival in town sets the Bennets, especially the bubbly missus, into a tizzy, as the girls are looking for wealthy husbands since their own respectable but small family estate is set to be inherited by the nearest male heir, Mr. Collins (Tom Hollander).

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Elizabeth's rebelliousness in Pride & Prejudice: How does she worry her mother but also inspire her father's loyalty? How do the parents handle their disagreement about Elizabeth's choices?

  • What do you see as the challenges in adapting a classic novel into a movie?

  • In this movie set in the early 19th century, how are attitudes concerning love, gender roles, and economic class shown?

  • Compare the movie to the book. How does this Elizabeth compare to the one you imagined?

  • How do the characters in Pride & Prejudice demonstrate compassion and humility? Why are these important character strengths?

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