Mini Movie Review: "Unleashing Mr. Darcy" (2016)

@JohnRoberts (34045)
Los Angeles, California
February 16, 2016 9:00am CST
Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice" meets dog shows in this Hallmark Channel offering. "Unleashing Mr. Darcy" is very loosely inspired by Austen and follows the typical Hallmark romance formula. Elizabeth (Cindy Busby) teaches at a private school and is sacked for running afoul of the school's biggest donor. Her passion is her spaniel and during a show she is competing in, Elizabeth meets Donovan Darcy (Ryan Paevey) who is a judge and naturally a handsome millionaire. Their encounter is awkward and he grates on Elizabeth which immediately signals mutual attraction. At loose ends, Elizabeth goes to New York to train a friend's dog and lo and behold, guess who just happens to live across the street and judges every show: Donovan. The road to romance is rocky or rather doggy. The major complication is the nasty duo of Donovan's haughty Aunt Violet (Frances Fisher) and Felicity who has her cap set for him. "Unleashing Mr. Darcy" is a pleasant diversion that dog lovers should particularly enjoy.
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• United States
16 Feb 16
This was a cute rom/com and I especially like the guy who played Mr. Darcy
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Feb 16
The actor who played Darcy is a former model (what a shock!) and is on General Hospital. Yes, he is most definitely candy to the ladies.
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• United States
16 Feb 16
@JohnRoberts I love him on General Hospital which is why I watched the movie
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Feb 16
@Marilynda1225 You are a step ahead of me! I never heard of him before. I was more into the girl Cindy Busby who was a regular on Cedar Cove and Heartland.
@Corbin5 (70008)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I have sort of abandoned Hallmark channel movies due to the fact that most movies are just too similar with the same actors playing the parts. I would enjoy the one you mentioned though.
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Feb 16
There is definitely a formula used over and over with different backdrops but if you like it... They do frequently use the same actors, however, many of them like Lacey Chabert are candy for these old male eyes.
@RonElFran (901)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
16 Feb 16
Dog lovers my like it, but I have a feeling Jane Austen purists won't be quite so enthusiastic!
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Feb 16
This is not the first very loosely based movie on Jane Austen and Austen fans in general would probably enjoy it.
@amadeo (41985)
• United States
16 Feb 16
thank you for the review there.Good job there
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@JudyEv (90155)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Sounds a good movie. I loved Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice.