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Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy, released on DVD as just Pride & Prejudice, is a 2003 American romantic comedy directed by Andrew Black. The film is an updated adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which takes place in Provo, Utah.

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bennet is a college student who studies literature at Brigham Young University. She lives with her roomates Jane Vasquez, Lydia Meryton and her younger sister Kitty, and Mary. She's interested in Jack Wickham and goes to a party to see him. Fitzwilliam "Will" Darcy tells Elizabeth that he finds her "strangely attractive", though Elizabeth writes him off as too arrogant.

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  • 555: The phone number on Charlie's infomercial is 1-888-555-3498.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Elizabeth and Darcy get one at the end of the movie.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Elizabeth narrates a flashback of her past horrible dates. Too tall, too short, actually her second cousin, illiterate, etc.
  • Book-Ends: The film starts with Elizabeth introducing her roommates in narration, and it ends with the same song and a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Classics for Canines infomercial warns that "certain tracks on Wagner for the Vicious can trigger vicious violent behavior in German Shepherds". Charlie uses one of these CDs to make the police canines go crazy, allowing Darcy to escape.
  • Elopement: Lydia and Jack go to Las Vegas to marry.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Elizabeth and Jane do this to Kitty to get her to tell them where Lydia and Jack went.
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  • Gilligan Cut: Jane tells Elizabeth they should stop for gas, but Elizabeth insists they'll be fine. It soon cuts to the car's riders pushing it to a gas station.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Elizabeth and Jane both gorge on ice cream after Elizabeth storms out of a dinner with Darcy, and Jane gets an email from Charlie saying he's going scuba diving at a remote location. Elizabeth has a dream where she and Jane die from an ice cream overdose, and they go to the store to get more ice cream.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue:
    • Elizabeth has a fantasy in which she throws a book at Collins, who was talking about her over the pulpit, and everyone bursts into applause.
    • Elizabeth has another one after she tells off Will Darcy for insulting her while critiquing her book, where she throws the water in her glass at him. Instead she spills the glass and trips over a table.
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  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Inverted. Darcy says most of the girls at the party can't even form complete sentences. Charles pushes back against him, but then two girls pass by speaking Valley Girl.
  • Internal Homage:
    • Elizabeth's address is 318 Longbourne Ave., while in the book her estate is Longbourn.
    • The radio is on 181.3 The Juice. "181.3" referencing the date Pride & Prejudice was published, and "The Juice" was an abbreviated production title for the film.
    • The restaurant Elizabeth and Darcy attend is called Rosings, which in the book is the estate if Darcy's aunt Lady Catherine de Burgh.
    • Lydia and Jack elope to get married in a Scottish-themed chapel in Las Vegas. In the book, they go to Scotland to get married more quickly.
  • Setting Update: This movie takes place in Provo in the early 2000s, while the book is set in 18th century England.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Darcy is driving to Las Vegas is shot as a tribute to the opening sequence of The Prisoner.
  • Side-Effects Include...: The Classics for Canines infomercial warns that "certain tracks on Wagner for the Vicious can trigger vicious violent behavior in German Shepherds". See the Chekhov's Gun example above.
  • Vanity License Plate: Lydia's car has the license plate "BOY CRZY".
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending tells what happens to most of the characters.
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