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Love & Friendship (2016)

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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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Storyline

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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Based on Jane Austen's comic gem 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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Release Date:

26 May 2016 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Amor y amistad  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,513 (USA) (15 May 2016)

Gross:

$14,013,564 (USA) (16 September 2016)
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Trivia

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. See more »

Goofs

Lady Susan puts perfume in one hand, but smells the other. See more »

Quotes

Lady Susan Vernon: Facts are horrid things.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
from the "Mass For Mr. Mauroy"
[Return from Parklands, Edward St. Garden]
Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performed by The Irish Film Orchestra, Mark Suozzo
(P) 2016 Sony Classical
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Appalling, dreadful - avoid at all costs
31 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My wife and I rented this film recently, having seen a promising trailer, and a reasonably good IMDb rating. Having now watched the film in its entirety, however, rarely have we ever been so utterly disappointed. I can understand why the IMDb popularity seems to be on a firmly downward trend.

The only positive aspects of this sloppily directed film were the costumes, locations and soundtrack - and OK performances by a couple of actors playing supporting characters, in particular James Fleet. Kate Beckinsale was unconvincing in this role, and Chloe Sevigny's curiously variable accent here was compounded by often mumbled diction. For much of the film, Xavier Samuel appeared to be offering little more than an admittedly pretty accurate imitation of the young Hugh Grant. The story line was disjointed and none of the characters ever really engaged the viewer, and at times the plot appeared to have gaps and non sequiturs - we each wondered if we'd dropped off for short periods, but this unfortunately was not the case.

In many ways this serves as an object lesson in why Jane Austen's meticulously constructed novels are such masterpieces of storytelling - each scene and dialogue fits perfectly like clockwork. We have not had the benefit of reading the novella in question,'Lady Susan', but this film leaves the impression of having been clumsily and carelessly assembled from a series of sketches. Excellent films can be very successfully adapted from little known short stories, for example with The Painted Veil (from Somerset Maugham). This is definitely NOT a good example, and we would advise readers, whether Austen fans or not, to look elsewhere.


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