Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +3

Based on the classic Jane Austen novel set in 1797, this drama tells of the plight of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet (Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn) desperate to marry off their five daughters. With few eligible men in the small English village, the community erupts into a bevy of excitement when wealthy Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) comes to visit his Aunt Catherine (Judi Dench). Jane (Rosamond Pike), the eldest and prettiest of the Bennet girls, catches Mr. Bingleys eye at the village ball organized to introduce him to prospective brides. Accompanying Bingley is Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), a handsome but antisocial friend who attracts the younger Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), but his animosity and her stubbornness make for a rocky romance. The Bennets modest cottage borders on squalor, with a giant pig, a mangy hound dog and a flock of geese wandering through the house. But the house is filled with laughter and love, making Pride and Prejudice fun for the whole family.

Matchmaking is Jane Austens favorite subject. In her time, women were not allowed to own property or inherit estate assets, making marriage their best chance for financial security. Passive, docile women could accept dull, boring husbands in exchange for security, but Elizabeth is intelligent, outspoken and unwilling to compromise. When a cousin proposes to her to inherit her familys wealth, she rebels. Yet she is extremely loyal and protective of her sisters and respectful of her parents. When the cousin asks Mr. Bennet for Elizabeths hand in marriage, her father tells her if she rejects the proposal, her mother will never speak to her again. But if she accepts it, he says he will never speak to her again. Except for one crude word, there is no offensive language, violence or sexual content. The family pig is photographed once with a close-up of his privates a brief, tasteless effort at humor and avoidance of a G rating.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Focus Features

Crude Language: Few times strong (-ss 1)
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times mild (newly married minister misuses term intercourse in sermon); moderate (brief close-up of hogs scrotum)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Theme of strong positive family values
Running Time: 127 minutes
Intended Audience: 10 and older

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