The Mortal Instrements

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy (2003)



Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy is a 2003 independent film adaptation/updating of Jane Austen's novel, set in modern-day Provo, Utah, at Brigham Young University. The characters are Latter-day Saints (LDS). The film received largely negative reviews outside Mormon enclaves such as Utah; some of the humor and plot devices derive from and require an understanding of Mormon social and religious mores.

Awkward Date!!!
Collins: Elizabeth, we've been commanded to multiply and replenish the Earth!

Jack Wickam: So... he used the old "multiply and replenish" line. Funny, that usually works for me. Maybe it was his delivery.
Elizabeth: His delivery was fine, I just didn't want the package.

Collins: I had a kind of... funny... encounter with a girl in this congregation, who will remain anonymous, but for the sake of the story, let's call her... Elizabeth B. No-no, E. Bennett. 

Perfect Date!!
Will Darcy: I find... I find, I find you strangely attractive.
[beat]
Will Darcy: You're not the sort of girl I normally go out with - I mean, you're loud, you're disorganized, your friends are an embarrassment. But I like you, I don't know why. Will you... will you... will you have dinner with me tomorrow night?
Elizabeth: No.

Elizabeth: As much as I love being insulted by you, I think you'll be happier at a table for one.

Jane Austen's classic is transplanted to modern-day Utah. While her college roommates search for love, aspiring writer Elizabeth Bennet focuses on her career but constantly finds herself fighting haughty businessman Will Darcy.



Elizabeth: Can I help you?
Will Darcy: [curtly] I doubt it.
Elizabeth: Oh - you're from England. My ancestors came from Hertford -
Will Darcy: [cuts her off] Charming.
[beat]
Will Darcy: Okay, I'm looking for a book on writing by Kierkegaard - K - I - E -
Elizabeth: [cuts him off] Kierkegaard, the father of existentialism. You're in "Landscape Gardening".
Will Darcy: Oh, really...
[picks a couple books from the shelf]
Will Darcy: I had no idea that Mark Twain's genius extended to gardening. Or... Dr. Phil's.
Elizabeth: [curtly] "Philosophy" is two aisles over. Help yourself! 

Elizabeth Bennet is a hard-working, intelligent college student who won't even think about marriage until she graduates. But when she meets Jack Wickham, a good-looking playboy, and Darcy, a sensible businessman, Elizabeth's determination is put to the test. Will she see through their exteriors and discover their true intentions? Based on Jane Austen's timeless tale Pride and Prejudice, Bestboy Pictures presents a comedy about love, life and feminine persuasion.



Jane: What time is it?
[Elizabeth opens a curtain with a stick]
Elizabeth: [long pause] It's morning.

Jane: Elizabeth... I think we stink.

Lydia Merylon: Okay, *this* has got to stop. The house is a total mess. Kitty, disinfect!
[Kitty sprays disinfectant all over the room]
Lydia Merylon: Now *we* are going to the grocery store - and *you* are coming with us!
Elizabeth: Just let me die!
Jane: We're out of ice-cream, Elizabeth!

Jane: Triple Choc-choc-choc-chocolate chunk or Uncle Bubba's Big Belly Butter Brickle?
Elizabeth: Both.

Elizabeth: I always thought I was a good judge of character.
Jane: Don't feel bad. Jack had us all fooled.
Elizabeth: No, I'm not talking about Jack. I mean Darcy.
Jane: I think we're going to need a bigger cart.

Lydia Merylon: Oh, this is just great girls. Here we've just spent 20 minutes picking out the perfect array of romantic items, and what do we come back to find? Two kegs of ice cream, pills for cramping, pills for bloating, and six super size boxes of Tampax? Why don't we just put up a big neon sign that says, "Men, run for your lives! Menstruating monsters approaching!"


References to Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice

  • Lizzy's university class is studying Jane Austen.
  • There is a portrait of Jane Austen in Darcy's ski cabin.
  • Lydia's pug's name is "Austen." A pet pug is also found in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.
  • The restaurant that Lizzy meets Darcy in is called "Rosings." In the book, Rosings Park is the home of Darcy's aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and also the place where Elizabeth turns down Darcy's first proposal.
  • Lydia and Jack plan to get married in Las Vegas chapel that has a Scottish theme. In the book, Lydia and Wickham must go to Scotland to marry because they can do so more quickly than they could in England.
  • The girls' residence is on a street called Longbourn. In the book the Bennet estate is Longbourn.
  • In the "more religious" version, Collins refers to his mission president, "President deBourgh," the way Collins refers to Lady de Bourgh in the book.
  • Lydia and Kitty's last name in the film is Meryton, the nearest town to the Bennett estate at Longbourn.

"The clever huntress always looks her best. She never knows when big game will pass her way" ~ The Pink Bible


Soundtrack
  1.     "Nothing Wrong" (Stephanie Smith)
  2.     "Cake"
  3.     "Be With You" (Carmen Rasmusen)
  4.     "Bookstore Suite"
  5.     "Pillowtalk"
  6.     "All the Way" (Trey Warner)
  7.     "Dream on Dream" (Jeff Foster)
  8.     "Jane's Attraction"
  9.     "Elizabeth's Dream"
  10.     "My Baby" (Ben Carson)
  11.     "Bling Bling Daddy" (Scott Reinwand)
  12.     "Not Enough of You" (Ben Carson)
  13.     "Gathering"
  14.     "Unexpected Song" (Sarah Brightman)
  15.     "Condition of Desperation" (Randy Porter)
  16.     "Cowboy Rompin'" (Brilliant Stereo Mob)
  17.     "Match Point"
  18.     "Bingley Leaves"
  19.     "Self Portrait" (Stephanie Smith)
  20.     "Solid Comma Girl" (Brilliant Stereo Mob)
  21.     "Mutual Attraction"
  22.     "Life" (Coolhand)
  23.     "Can't Stand the Way You See Me" (Ben Carson/Scott Reinwand)
  24.     "My Giant" (Stephanie Smith)
  25.     "Nothing Wrong Reprise" (Jamen Brooks)







 At the end of the credits, you can hear a man saying "amen".

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