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Scents and Sensibility
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on July 15, 2016
I usually eat up anything Jane Austen related, but I couldn't get beyond the first 20 minutes of this adaptation (which is a good 5 minutes more than I would have given it if I wasn't really, really trying to give myself a reason to keep watching). While I was barely able to make it past the setup, what I saw was pretty superficial; the characters are flat, the updated plot line is uninspiring and kind of hokey, and there's little of the titular play between the "sense" or "sensibility" of Elinor and Marianne that makes this story so special. In fact, I wouldn't have been able to tell which sister was which if they hadn't mercifully retained the original character names.

Now I know why I hadn't heard of this before, despite it's having been released five years ago.
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on January 10, 2017
I mean, the problem with converting JA is that it her books are rooted very specifically in the regency era, which was governed by men, inheritances, and jobs were generally frowned upon. Converting that to the modern era in America/Europe means either immature school-age characters (like in Clueless) or some major plotline changes. If you're looking for a good stand-alone interpretation, look at films like Bride and Prejudice where the similarity of socio-economic settings at least enable a plausible storyline, or Shakespeare adaptations wherein the character drama is a little more universal.

All that being said, I did enjoy this movie for what it was, and appreciated the silliness and feel-good warm fuzzies that - however derived - are a trademark of JA's rom-dram's. I'll watch it a second time with a girlfriend, popcorn, and Bailey's.
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on June 1, 2017
I don't know if this is a Hallmark Channel movie but it felt exactly like those movies and was a fun adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. I liked that I could watch it with my children in the room (not smutty, no bad language) and I liked watching a movie that was happy and fun and uplifting. Sometimes, we just need a movie that will feel good. :)
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on October 4, 2016
I adore this movie! No it's not Oscar worthy and yes it's very cheesy but I don't care! I love the characters and the revamping of Sense and Sensibility. And you know, every now and then, I want to watch a predictable, light-hearted, squeaky clean, romantic comedy! I love Ashley Williams and I especially love Nick Zano, so this was a no brainer for me.

P.S. many people have said this is a Hallmark movie and it's not. It has every element of a Hallmark movie and stars Ashley Williams, who is in at least one Hallmark movie a year, but it was not made by Hallmark and has never aired on Hallmark channel
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on July 17, 2016
So stupid it's beyond boring and becomes actually painful to watch. After the first 15 minutes I trudged on, hoping for a single moment of humor or wit, only to reach the end in a state of benumbed horror that the hallowed name of Jane Austen could be even remotely associated with this trite insipidity.
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on February 18, 2017
You know how the stars, when you scroll over them will say what they are representative of, and 3 stars is "it's ok"? Well that about sums it up. It's ok. It's not a bad movie, it's not a great movie. Comes off a low budget and tiny bit amateurish BUT the basic storyline of watching people make the best of a bad situation and surviving when they are having to struggle is pretty timeless. It's always good to see the human spirit rising to meet the challenge instead of wallowing. That part of it is inspiring. It is for these reasons that I was good with watching it one time but it's not anything I feel the need to watch again.
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on May 28, 2013
I like good clean movies (or as clean as you can get nowadays). Scents and Sensibility was really quite clean. There was no language, The only violence was where a man grabs a girl by the arm and another man punches him. The only other things are a woman plots against and steals from someone else; a man is arrested for fraud; a man lies to his girlfriend several times; it is learned that a man got another woman pregnant; a woman lies about her real last name; and a driver yells "Nice coconuts" to a girl dressed in a gorilla suit with a coconut bra. It is not rated and the Dove Foundation gave it a four star and approved it for 12+.

I really enjoyed the movie and will definitely watch it again. I originally saw this movie on Lifetime Channel and then bought the DVD. Most people would skip it because they think it is too predictable or "lame", but I like movies like that because I know I
will be watching something that won't make me feel like I have just been "slimed". Also, a lot of people don't like it because since it is supposed to be an adaption of the Jane Austin Novel, Sense and Sensibility, it doesn't really follow the original story at all; however, I didn't buy it because it was adapted from the novel, I bought it because it was a cute movie. If you want a truer adaption, buy the movie with Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant.

Anyway, I liked the two sisters, Elinor (the sensible one) and Marianne. They get into funny situations as they look for ways to pay the bills. Marianne has a difficult time adjusting to their new lifestyle (old truck and tv, budget meals). Because of the scandal when their father was arrested for fraud, many people judge them and don't trust them. The two males characters, Edward and Brandon, do a great job too. Edward, who knows who Elinor really is, falls for her immediately and even defends her to his sister/Elinor's employer. Brandon is a little arrogant at first, but apologizes nicely and is very understanding when he finds out she lied about who she is. They all work together against Edward's sister who steals from the girls to get herself out of debt because she won't deprive herself of the luxuries she wants. Everything ends happily ever after for everyone (except Edwards sister and Marianne old boyfriend).

Overall, I love this movie and will watch it again.
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on August 4, 2016
The worst attempt to modernize a Jane Austen novel that I have ever seen. The fact that they completely destroyed Mr. Dashwood's character as a plot device for the family's financial difficulties instead of having him die changed the feel of the entire tale. Mr. Dashwood was a good and honorable character, and to change such an important detail made a very meh movie absolutely awful. Even those who are not Austen fans would be hard pressed to find this film worthy of their time as the writing was bad.

Go and get an ice cream instead....Even if you regret it, the memory will provide more pleasure than watching this movie.
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on July 8, 2016
This was like a Lifetime TV movie - ok but nothing special. It was loosely based on Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, which is a favorite of mine. It put it in modern day and changed the story enough that it took away some of the endearing points of the original. The main actresses were good - both were friendly and likable. The two main actors were also very likable. The story was so full of holes - like how did the sister know the boyfriend? why did the colleague need to steal the lotion vs. just buying a bottle? how could two girls who are broke afford such a nice apartment? etc. I would never pay for this movie. It was free on Amazon Prime and I was going to watch something anyway.
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on October 19, 2014
I rate this movie as one who thoroughly enjoys Jane Austen's works. While there is at least one movie that modernizes an Austen story and maintains the essence, this movie does not meet the bar. The only similarity appears to be the liberal use of the original names for the characters. The two eldest girls go job hunting but are unable to find jobs because of the scandal surrounding their father who has been convicted of fraud and is currently in prison. This sounds more like a Dickens update than an Austen update. I simply turned the movie off when we got to the hackneyed scene where one inept daughter has landed a job as support for copying documents. No one trains her on the equipment and about 15 minutes into her first day a man requests 50 copies of a document that appears to be about 200 pages long. He needs this in 1 hour. Other audiences might well appreciate the modern situation, but it did not work for me.
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