Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (2018)

December 2, 2018

This is a serious case of stolen valor. I mean, granted, what romantic comedy can’t be linked back to a Jane Austin book, right? Seriously, as a fan of the Keira Knightley movie rendition (this is where I earned my English Gentleman credentials), I immediately told my wife about this and we put it in the “next one up” mental list.

Anyone who is a bi-pedal hominid, including Sasquatch, knows that Hallmark has a queen triumvirate. Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky), Candace Cameron Bure (DJ), and Lacey Chabert.

This one stars Lacey Chabert as Darcy Fitzwilliam, and that is about where the Pride and Prejudice carry over begins and ends. It what was otherwise a stereotypical Hallmark Christmas movie: the guy and the girl meet, they hate each other, then in a matter of 1.5 days they love each other. The plot always thickens, and the view is left on the edge of their seat waiting to see if the characters can overcome the last efforts of the gods who murder love to have that awkward Hallmark love look followed by the awkward Hallmark kiss. And every time we breath a sigh of relief all the while knowing how things would turn out.

Oh, the town is called Pemberley…I guess that’s a second excuse to invade Ms. Austin’s space to market a movie. Seriously though, no Mr. Collins, no crabby old lady who has the sick daughter, no sisters, no, no, no!

What is rated 6.5/10 on IMDB gets a 1.5/10 from me strictly because of “Stolen Valor”. You do not impersonate an Austin book with this much disregard. I’m not “mansplaining” here folks, just appreciating the classics.

Otherwise, it would have probably been a 6.5 and should have been called “Christmas Mistletoe”.


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