Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship

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MPAA rating: PG; for some thematic elements.
The beautiful widow Susan Vernon 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.
Copyright Date: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Love and friendship


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Nov 08, 2018

I gave up after the first 12 minutes. This movie is astoundingly terrible, and Stillman -- whose previous work I've enjoyed minus some hesitations about the boys' club known as "Barcelona" -- shoulders the blame. Beckinsale, in the lead role, comes across like Joan Collins-lite, but what really turned me off were the on-screen character titles and summaries that Stillman imposes over everyone -- as if we, the dunce caps in the audience, couldn't work to puzzle out relationships between personae. Incredibly lazy filmmaking. Sevigny does a nice job, from what I saw; she's such an underrated actress.

martins_mom Mar 07, 2018

Based on one of Austen’s lesser-known works, the novella “Lady Susan”, this is an enjoyable diversion. It is full of the expected well- turned lines, like this, my favourite:
[Lady Susan to her conniving American friend who has married a wealthy Englishman]
“You made a mistake in marrying Mr. Johnson. Too old to be tractable and too young to die.”!

Feb 10, 2018

Not a great movie - more a vehicle for a few pithy and witty lines. Strictly for the Austen fan who has run out of Austen.

Dec 01, 2017

Jane Austen fans may relish this period piece, adapted from her less known novel, however others may find it a soul-less snore fest. Banter that lacked wit, lovers who lacked passion and a flick that should have paid as much attention to direction as it did to costume design. Unfortunately, even the star line up of acting talent could not salvage this shipwreck.

Nov 25, 2017

Really witty, clever movie. I thought it was a great adaptation of Austen's short novel.

Sep 04, 2017

Too many characters that I do not care about, and too much chatter between them. Kate Beckinsale should have stuck to the "Underworld" movies because at least then she was interesting.

Aug 09, 2017

If you remember the 90s (Well, then you weren't there man! Oh wait, that's the 60s.), you remember that the hottest author for a while was one who'd been dead for over a century and a half. We saw adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" (Three versions!), "Persuasion," "Sense & Sensibility," and "Mansfield Park." She has a small body of work (6 novels), but filmmakers are still finding inspiration from her work. Whit Stillman's generically titled "Love & Friendship" is an adaptation of a short early novel called "Lady Susan," which was published posthumously. Stillman's films are all comedies of manners ("Metropolitan," "Barcelona"), so it's unsurprising that he'd be drawn to Austen. I love Austen, but I rarely love her movies, which too often miss the sharp, satiric tone of her work. "Love & Friendship" is a typical Austen adaptation in that it's pretty, well-acted, and a little dull. Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan gives one her most robust, funniest performances in years and is the best thing about the film. Chloe Sevigny co-stars and this is a reunion of sorts, as the two actors co-starred in Stillman's best film, "The Last Days of Disco." Enjoyable enough and much better than his tone deaf and excruciating previous film "Damsels in Distress."

Jul 18, 2017

Sadly awful. I expected better. Exceedingly boring. Because the novel was published when Jane Austen was very young, it is lacking in the character and style that we love about her. The movie is a disappointment.

LPL_TriciaK May 23, 2017

Novelist Jane Austen + Director Whit Stillman = witty and winning combination! If you don't like Jane Austen, you won't like this, but if you do, don't miss it! It's based on Austen's novella, Lady Susan, and although, admittedly, it is not Austen's best work, it still offers up the sharp but accurate Austen commentary on just how silly, virtuous, obtuse, and generous human beings can be. I especially enjoyed the the reunion of Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, who made Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco" so memorable. If you like smart dialogue, period pieces, and a bit of romance, try this! Then follow it up with full Stillman treatment: Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco.

May 01, 2017

Enjoyable film about scheming, class and marriage.

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