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YMMV / Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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  • Adaptation Displacement: A lot of people think of Mary more sympathetically thanks to her portrayal in this film - which removes most of her Know-Nothing Know-It-All behaviour and gives her a very Woobiesh moment where she sobs into her father's arms that she practiced the piano all week to play at the ball only for it to sound terrible.
  • Broken Base: There is quite a split over this film vs the 1995 miniseries.
    • This film's more cinematic and portrayal of The Dung Ages vs the miniseries's cleaner and more polished Regency Era feel.
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    • Is Keira Knightley too pretty to play Lizzie or is Jennifer Ehle too old?
    • Is Alison Steadman's Mrs Bennett too annoying or is Brenda Blethyn's too sympathetic?
  • Can't Un-Hear It:
    • Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennett (see below).
    • For some, Dame Judi Dench as Lady Catherine.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Rosamund Pike is considered one of the best Janes - perfectly capturing her all-loving attitude, while also making her quite witty and interesting.
    • Jena Malone is also a favorite as Lydia, considering she absolutely nails an English accent and makes her funny rather than annoying.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Carey Mulligan plays ditzy younger sister Kitty and Rosamund Pike portrays intelligent, if overly-trusting, eldest sister Jane. However, in An Education, Mulligan is Oxford-bound Brainy Brunette Jenny, while Pike plays Dumb Blonde Helen.
    • In Never Let Me Go, on the other hand, Keira Knightley plays the selfish Ruth while Mulligan plays the more grounded Kathy.
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    • Jena Malone plays Lydia and Donald Sutherland plays Mr. Bennet... Jena plays Johanna Mason in Catching Fire, and Sutherland plays President Snow.
    • The existence of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where the the Bennet sisters are reimagined as zombie hunters, can make the film amusing to watch, since most of the leading actresses have prominent Action Girl roles: Keira Knightley (Lizzie) in Pirates of the Caribbean, King Arthur and Domino, Rosamund Pike (Jane) in Die Another Day and Wrath of the Titans, and Jena Malone (Lydia) in Sucker Punch and The Hunger Games. What's more is that Lady Catherine is imagined as the head of a zombie fighting organisation, and her actress in the 2005 film, Judi Dench, is best known as M in the James Bond films.
    • Another for the film - specifically Lizzy turning down Mr Collins. Repeatedly. In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest the two actors star together, where Tom Hollander stops Keira Knightley's wedding and has her arrested.
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    • The scene with Bingley practicing his proposal to Jane with Darcy becomes this with the knowledge that Simon Woods, Bingley's actor, came out as gay in 2009.
    • Watching the 1999 miniseries of Wives and Daughters is funny for Pride and Prejudice fans. Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Lady Catherine in 1995) plays Lady Cumnor, and Rosamund Pike (Jane in 2005) plays Lady Cumnor's daughter Lady Harriet, while Tom Hollander (Mr. Collins in 2005) plays Osborne.
    • Judi Dench (Lady Catherine in 2005), Claudie Blakley (Charlotte in 2005), Simon Woods (Bingley in 2005) and Julia Sawalha (Lydia in 1995) went on to appear in Cranford, as Miss Matty, Martha, Dr. Harrison and Jessie.
    • Rupert Friend as the social climbing Wickham becomes amusing if you watch him in Young Victoria - where he's thought to be this but is actually a sensible advisor to the queen.
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • The plain, bookish Mary is played by Talulah Riley... one of St Trinian's hottest Fille Fatales. What's odd is that in casual at-home scenes, her plainness is emphasised. Yet at the balls, She Cleans Up Nicely and is just as pretty as her sisters.
    • Charlotte averts this in the 2005 version (in which she is played by Claudie Blakley); while she wouldn't crack any mirrors, and her actress is fairly good-looking, her make-up and hair are rather low-key and she is not prettied up in the least
  • Narm: The alternate US ending. Especially the repetition of "Mrs. Darcy". It's meant to be sweet. It ends up being ridiculous and slightly creepy.
  • Narm Charm: Most hardcore fans will agree that this is a flawed adaptation of the book — and, indeed, a flawed movie in general — but most will also agree that it's a fun, lighthearted flick and enjoyable to both book fans and newcomers, in spite of how silly it can get.
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  • Tear Jerker:
    • Charlotte breaking the news about her engagement to Lizzie. She rattles off that she's "already a burden to my parents" and has no prospects otherwise. Despite these reasons, it's obvious she's ashamed of her decision, and Lizzie's shocked face reminds her that she has at least sold out some of her principles for comfort.
    "Don't judge me, Lizzie. Don't you dare judge me!"
    • Mary breaks down weeping after she humiliates herself with her poor piano-playing at the ball at Netherfield. Mr. Bennet tries to comfort her, to no avail. She says that she hates balls, meaning that playing the piano was her way of trying to make an effort to socialise.
    Mary: (in tears) I've been practicing all week!
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The film goes for The Dung Ages approach to the Bennets, where Longbourn is depicted as slightly shabbier than it was in the book. This is in contrast to the 1995 miniseries's clean, polished look.

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