Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship

Streaming Video - 2016
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In this delightfully hilarious Jane Austen adaptation, Kate Beckinsale stars as the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan, who uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2016.
Made available through hoopla, 2016.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (circa 92 min.)) :,sound, color.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Oops! Same author, different novel. Based on Jane Austen's Lady Susan, this not so serious period film follows the exploits of the wry and calculating widowed Lady Susan as she ... Read More »


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richibi
Dec 07, 2018

too much Jane Austen, not enough Whit Stillman, but the production values, acting, cinematography, costumes, sets, are superb

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PinotYouDidnt
Nov 28, 2018

I loved this film, as I love both Jane Austen and Whit Stillman and they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Don't expect a laugh-out-loud comedy, but expect lots of Austen & Stillman wit. All the actors are great. *However*, a warning:

I watched this DVD on my blu ray player and about 20 minutes in, the audio stopped and I got the following warning on my screen: “Audio outputs temporarily muted. Do not adjust the playback volume. The content being played is protected by Cinavia and is not authorized for playback on this device. For more information, see http://www.cinavia.com. Message Code 3."
I couldn't finish the film on the library's DVD copy; luckily, it was (and is currently, as of 11/27/18) streaming on Amazon Prime.

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biffblack
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.”!

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birdy919
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.

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jacinthabrown
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.

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liliianna
Nov 25, 2017

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

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ausnos
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.

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lukasevansherman
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."

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Booksss14
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.

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Jan 14, 2018

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