Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy is an American romantic comedy. It is based on Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. It features the same characters and plot lines. Still, it takes place in a modern-day college town in Utah.
Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy is a 2003 American romantic comedy directed by Andrew Black. Its audience is teenagers and young adults. The screenplay adapts Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice in a college town in modern Utah. According to critics, the adaptation “transforms its source material into a bubble, pastel-colored frolic, while adhering closely to Austen’s essential themes.” Despite the modern settings, the characters from the book are easily recognizable.
The main character is the college student and bookstore clerk Elizabeth Bennet. She dreams of becoming a famous novelist. Despite the social pressure, she shrugs off any thoughts of marriage. Elizabeth rejects several young men, including handsome but haughty businessman Will Darcy. She gets interested in Jack Wickham. He is a good-looking playboy who jokingly proposes to her.
The four Bennet sisters from the book are portrayed as Elizabeth’s housemates. They bear partial resemblance to their literary prototypes. The movie has a chaotic structure with many romantic lines.
The audience reception was mixed. Some critics praised the movie for the screenplay and performances. Others called it a poor adaptation of the novel. Based on user and critics reviews, it has an IMDb rating of 5.1.