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Saturday, December 16, 2023

❤️ Hallmark Channel is honoring Jane Austen with Loveuary Movies in 2024 ❤️ SEE HERE:




Loveuary with Jane Austen

Hallmark Channel is honoring Jane Austen with Loveuary, a month of original movie premieres inspired by the author’s work!

Starting on February 3rd, the Hallmark Channel will premiere four all-new original movies with a Jane Austen theme every Saturday in February at 8/7c.

UPDATE: A fifth movie has been added to Hallmark's February schedule, A Taste of Love. The movie is currently scheduled to premiere on a Monday night, February 19th, and appears not to be Jane Austen-themed.

Plus, Hallmark will have 2 mystery movie premieres in February!

See details for all of these movies below...


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HALLMARK CHANNEL:




Paging Mr. Darcy

Premiere Date: February 3, 2024

Starring Mallory Jansen and Will Kemp

Storyline: When an overly serious scholar attends a Jane Austen annual conference, she strikes a deal with the man playing Mr. Darcy and finds her perspective, and her heart, changed.

Movie Reviews:

❤️ We watched Paging Mr Darcy and enjoyed it. The movie was family friendly and the acting and story was nice. I love Jane Austen books and movies. The movie Emma is a beautiful movie. We also have enjoyed Persuasion, Sense and Sensibilities and Pride and Prejudice. ~Anonymous

❤️ Hallmark’s “Paging Mr. Darcy” is a family-friendly, funny, and most entertaining story that was expertly cast and produced. Mallory Jansen and Will Kemp are absolute dynamite as the story’s main characters, and I found myself eagerly anticipating where each new segment of the movie was going to take us. This film is classic Hallmark, and kudos to everyone involved in its production. ~MPT

❤️ Paging Mr. Darcy – This movie is charming and captivating from the very start. Look out Colin Firth, Will Kemp was absolutely the most perfect choice to play the role of Sam Lee, a simple, yet intriguingly handsome, regular guy pretending to be Mr. Darcy. And Mallory Jansen was ideal as Eloise Cavendish, an Elizabeth Bennett sort of character choice; I often thought of Keira Knightley (from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film) as I watched her.

Although, as much as this movie was very much about Mr. Darcy and Pride & Prejudice, I couldn’t help from drawing parallels of this story to Sense & Sensibility. First we have Mallory Jansen as Eloise, a smart, structured, sensible woman, who doesn’t like to be showy or the center of attention. Eloise has developed a talent of disciplining herself to keep her emotions in check; she’s very much like the more mature, older sister, Elinor Dashwood.

And then, there’s Eloise’s sister, Mia. The whole world seems to revolve around Mia, who is experiencing relationship troubles and it seems everyone must know her romance drama. Mia loves to be the life of the party, she’s flirty/friendly, and dare I say, self-centered and a bit annoying. Sometimes, she also speaks without thinking. Mia’s a definite young and carefree Marianne Dashwood type.

I couldn’t help from wonder if their names were also chosen purposefully to closely match those characters… Eloise – Elinor and Mia – Marianne. As a Jane Austen fan, I loved hearing all of the familiar phrases and book references throughout the movie, and likening people to various Austen characters and such. If someone does not know the original stories, then it might be a little harder for them to understand some of these inside-jokes/comments.

Overall, I was thoroughly enchanted by Paging Mr. Darcy. Will Kemp and Mallory Jansen have that delightful spark of tug-and-war chemistry, that keeps pulling you back in – hoping the two will eventually meet somewhere in the middle.

This wholesome, lighthearted, Jane-Austen inspired, Loveuary movie won over my heart; it’s one I look forward to watching over and over again! ~Net

❤️ Paging Mr. Darcy – We loved it too! I plan on recording all four movies.~Namegirl

❤️ Paging Mr. Darcy is FANTASTIC!! Plus, if you pay attention, there's a couple of cameos: clips from the 1st Darcy film with Cindy Busby, and later o, Ben Ayrs is 1 of the golfers! –Maria

❤️ I absolutely agree with Maria! Paging Mr. Darcy is Fantastic! We loved everything about it. It was fun, light and breezy. It as funny, approachable and the chemistry was on-point between all of the main characters. I wouldn't change a thing. :-) I like when movies just bring sheer joy and make me smile. ~Joan

❤️ Paging Mr. Darcy - Yes! Same here!! I liked how the two sisters were like Elinor and MaryAnne and of course Darcy(Sam) with his own Lady Catherine as his aunt. ~Abigail




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Love & Jane

Premiere Date: February 10, 2024

Starring: Ali Sweeney and Ben Ayres

Storyline: Lilly, a hopeless romantic and literary enthusiast, is surprised when her wish to talk to her favorite author comes true and Jane Austen herself appears in her life.

Movie Reviews:

❤️ Love & Jane - I LOVE Jane Austen, but to me this film was way to cheesy. I didn't care for Lilly's attitude against Trevor especially since he was kind to her practically in the beginning. As for being family-friendly... In the first few minutes one of the book club members(who is a man) mentions swiping left on a man for a dating app.

I love Alison, but this one wasn't for me. ~Abigail

❤️ Well, my husband and I attempted to watch the other two movies (Love & Jane and UPtv's Love by Design) and ended up deleting both after not finishing either one. I was very disappointed in 'Love & Jane'. I normally like Alison but oh my she was awful! Plus, when I saw what Abigail said, playing out in the movie, I told my husband to delete the movie. ~Joan

❤️ I was disappointed with Love and Jane. The acting was very bad and awkward and Jane didn't play that big of a role. A man made a comment that seemed he has S-S attraction. ~Laura



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An American in Austen

Premiere Date: February 17, 2024

Starring: Eliza Bennett, Nicholas Bishop, and Nell Barlow

Storyline: Harriet, who thinks that no real man compares to Mr. Darcy, is transported into Pride & Prejudice and gets an unexpected chance to find out.

Movie Reviews:

❤️ An American in Austen is on HM Now. I watched it. Not worked up at all. Doesn't change pride and prejudice or criticize the sisters for obsessing over marriage. The lead female doesn't try to "modernize" them either. Wonderful movie and very family friendly and a classical feel to it. ~Laura

❤️ An American in Austen Review... This was my Valentine Movie...

This was family friendly, and I tried really hard to like it, but honestly it drove me crazy. Joan... I was talking to the TV again! ;) Maybe if I wasn't familiar with the story I would have enjoyed it. I liked the Fiancé, but felt like it put Americans to shame, she was so crude next to them. Sadly our vocabulary has lessened in the years!

I am a big fan of the book, Pride and Prejudice and the BBC, Colin Firth version is spot on! I watch it at least every other month. Each character was perfectly casted, the Hallmark version you could tell tried to copy it but was sadly lacking in my opinion. And that's not entirely their fault, it would be nearly impossible too ;) Mr. Darcy was too fickle almost like Mr. Collins switching to the next girl, Elizabeth did not show her wise character by running away to eloping with Wickem and Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins were too agreeable, so was Mary... Haha ;)

If you truly LOVE the book and Colin Firth version this movie probably won't be for you, but maybe it's just me.

Happy Valentine's Day! ~Abigail



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A Taste of Love

February 19, 2024

Starring: Erin Cahill and Jesse Kove

Storyline: A pigeonholed chef determined to make her name as a respected culinary chef returns to her hometown. While reconnecting with her childhood sweetheart, she receives an offer she can't refuse.


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Sense and Sensibility

Premiere Date: February 24, 2024

Starring: Deborah Ayorinde and Dan Jeannotte

Storyline: After the death of their father the Dashwoods' entire world changes drastically. While one sister is torn between two men the other is holding out hope for the man who has her heart.


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HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES:




Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers

Premiere Date: February 2, 2024

Starring: Ali Skovbye, Danny Griffin, Nathan Witte

Storyline: A society page writer in 1895 Rhode Island witnesses a murder while attending a ball at the Vanderbilt mansion and is drawn into the investigation when her brother is arrested.

Movie Reviews:

🔎❤️ Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers

I did enjoy watching this. I thought the acting was poorly done but it was fun watching a mystery back in time. And I liked how the women were treated like ladies, unlike today. It was also family friendly.

Was is it though with Hallmark and their triangles!!! First we had Murder She Baked, WCTH, and now this. There may be more that I can't remember. But I do wish they would leave it alone! ~Abigail

🔎❤️ Abigail, I agree with you regarding the acting in this film - it was pretty bad! Also, too many quick-discovery-of-clues for my liking. I stuck with the movie to see how it would end, but I don't think I will be watching any more of these films (that is, if they do make more of these with this cast). Mark 25

🔎❤️ Newport Mystery Movie
At first we were very excited for a new mystery series. It quickly became apparent that this was not going to be a keeper. The least of its problems was the obvious historical inaccuracies of the dialog. My family endured to the end of the movie, not because we thought it would get better, but because of horrified fascination with how terrible it was. I understand that they wanted to make their female characters independent and strong, but the implication that the females would have to give up what they loved if they married and that getting married and having a family was undesirable was frequently brought up, ad nauseam. In the end we agreed it was just too boring and I hope they don’t continue on with this series. ~Anonymous

🔎❤️ Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers is family friendly about in 1895, Newport, Rhode Island; a society page writer named Emma Vanderbilt-Cross witnesses a murder while attending a ball at a mansion in Rhode Island. She soon gets drawn into the investigation when her Brother named Brady is arrested who didn’t commit until Emma meets Detective Jesse Whyte. Later on, Emma meets Derrick Anderson when she found out that Derrick is actually Mr. Andrews. Derrick is only person know is Adelaide Halbrooke & he has a chance to tell Emma about her. Brady is actually Emma’s Stepbrother. ~Anonymous

🔎❤️ Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers – First of all, I didn’t know what channel I was watching! I’m only kidding, of course, but Hallmark Movies & Mysteries did feel like it had transformed for the evening into PBS Masterpiece Theater!

For her first starring role, I thought Ali Skovbye shined as newspaper reporter, Emma Vanderbilt-Cross, an elegant, smart, and captivating young woman. But WHY, WHY WHY, does Hallmark insist on diversity over historical accuracy? Suffice to say, there were people in roles, who in that era and time would not be in certain professions or positions. It also felt off that Emma would even consider seeing Derrick; in that time period mixed-relationships would have been scandalous. (Please know, such a romance would be fine in a modern story for today, but not in 1895.)

It was perplexing and disappointing to watch Emma string along her handsome friend, Detective Jesse Whyte, who she’s nearly betrothed to and quite familiar with, while seemingly being smitten by Derrick, a man she barely knows. The mystery portion was intriguing enough, but I must admit, I had the case solved nearly from the start.

Overall, this movie includes a wonderful ensemble cast with several “When Calls the Heart” alums you are sure to recognize, including, Ali Skovbye (Becky Stanton, Abigail’s adopted daughter), James Drew Dean (Christopher Hughes, Henry Gowen’s son), and Mark Humphrey (Pastor Frank Hogan). You are also sure to spot Geoff Gustafson, as Emma’s no-nonsense newspaper boss, who is nothing like his role as the likeable Norman in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Real-life mother and daughter, April and April Telek (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: For Christmas”) were also spectacular in their roles as a high-society mother and her debutante daughter in this film.

Altogether, if you love mystery and period films, then this is not to be missed. The incredible, elaborate costumes and settings alone are enough to draw one’s interest and the dialogue is more in keeping with the time period, then say, Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart,” but even still, beware, there are many irksome historical inaccuracies. That and the potential lovely triangle were the major drawbacks for me with this film. ~Net

🔎❤️ Hallmark’s “Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers” is family-friendly, but aside from enjoying the lavish wardrobes and sets, the movie is a one-time watch for me. I was hoping for much more than a historically inaccurate and woke version of 1895 high society. The presentation could have been so much better had the lead character Emma, played by Ali Skovbye, been more authentic to the Victorian era, and less focused on being an independent and liberated woman who ultimately relishes being in a love triangle. Hallmark’s DEI folks made a mess of what could have been a good mystery, and sadly, I’m not looking forward to any sequels. ~MPT

🔎❤️ Newport Mystery Movie
At first we were very excited for a new mystery series. It quickly became apparent that this was not going to be a keeper. The least of its problems was the obvious historical inaccuracies of the dialog. My family endured to the end of the movie, not because we thought it would get better, but because of horrified fascination with how terrible it was. I understand that they wanted to make their female characters independent and strong, but the implication that the females would have to give up what they loved if they married and that getting married and having a family was undesirable was frequently brought up, ad nauseam. In the end we agreed it was just too boring and I hope they don’t continue on with this series. ~Anonymous

🔎❤️ Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers is family friendly about in 1895, Newport, Rhode Island; a society page writer named Emma Vanderbilt-Cross witnesses a murder while attending a ball at a mansion in Rhode Island. She soon gets drawn into the investigation when her Brother named Brady is arrested who didn’t commit until Emma meets Detective Jesse Whyte. Later on, Emma meets Derrick Anderson when she found out that Derrick is actually Mr. Andrews. Derrick is only person know is Adelaide Halbrooke & he has a chance to tell Emma about her. Brady is actually Emma’s Stepbrother. ~Anonymous




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CrimeTime: Freefall

Premiere Date: February 23, 2024

Starring: Lyndie Greenwood and Luke Macfarlane

Storyline: Crime series actress Hadley Warner retires to a small town where she encounters her first real case. Using her TV crime knowledge, she teams up with Detective Caden to solve the case.


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My Quick Take:

As a lover of numerous Jane Austen novels and movies (Frankly, Emma and Pride & Prejudice are my absolute favorites!), these story concepts for Hallmark's Loveuary movie event sound rather fascinating! Indeed, they do!

The two movies that appeal to me the most (on paper) are “Paging Mr. Darcy,” starring Mallory Jansen and Will Kemp, and “Love & Jane,” starring Alison Sweeney and Benjamin Ayres.

Please share your thoughts in comments.

Sincerely, Net✍


35 comments:

  1. I like how they're doing something different. 🙂

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  2. Wow! I am a huge Jane Austen fan!! Love the books and BBC films. Can't wait for this and Will Kemp and Allison Sweeney!

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  3. They do sound good to me as well, given that I am also a fan of a few versions of some of the books that PBS has aired in the past.
    Just hope they all end up being clean, given that these are period pieces we're talking about here. -Maria

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  4. Should be interesting - loved the movie of P&P with Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen.

    Big fan of Mallory Jansen and she and Will Kemp should be good together.

    No thanks to Benjamin Ayres - I might even skip that one.

    Of the other two the only name I recognise is one of my favs Dan Jeanotte.

    I'm wondering just what they mean when they say an "adaptation" of Sense And Sensibility?

    The best news of all though is that thankfully there are no more "sequels" of The Wedding Veil on the horizon! - Phew!

    Florence

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  5. What Hallmark Loveuary movies are you looking forward seeing in 2024?

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing "Paging Mr. Darcy", "Love & Jane", and even though I don't recognize the names, I'll try "An American in Austen". -Namegirl

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  6. I love Jane Austen movies with the Brits producing and acting. . I am a little leary of Hallmark’s take on the classic novels.
    -Gabe’s Mom

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  7. As a huge Jane Austen fan I have to disagree with you. The first thing I have to wonder is why now since the last Mr Darcy movies was over 5 years ago jn 2018? When neither Mr Darcy movie got good ratings or reviews. This seems a little too suspicious to me since GAC had a movie Happily Ever Emma that was inspired but Jane Austen book Emma and since the first 4 books that GaC book club reviewed were Jane Austen.

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  8. I'm a huge Janeite and am looking forward to this.

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  9. Did anyone catch that one of the actress's name is Eliza Bennett?!! That's what Caroline Bingley always called Elizabeth Bennett.

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    1. Abigail, Yeeesss!!! I saw that! I always find it interesting when they use Jane Austen's characters' names in these loose adaptations.

      Sometimes, the names are exactly right and other times, it's perplexing, too. Like in Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe... Lacey Chabert's character is Darcy Fitzwilliam and Brendan Penny is Luke Bennett. I always thought he should have been called Eli Bennett or something close like that to the name Elizabeth. Thankfully, at least, they didn't use George Wickham!!!

      Of course, one of the dangers of creating films like these is the mere fact that they will never be able to compare or measure up to the originals. But of course, I'm still very intrigued and curious!!! :)

      Blessings! Net

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    2. Could be called Elliott Bennett rather than Luke Bennett. Eli is shorten for Elliott

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  10. I hope and Pray that Hallmark doesn't disrespect Miss Austen's lovely writing.

    I don't do horror, but I heard someone had put Zombies/ Vampires, Whatever?? Tied. to Pride and Prejudice- Good grief😱

    Hopefully with Will, Mallory and others they will Honor the Books🙏🙏

    I use to tease my Mom, who could have Watched P&P with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle on a loop- that I could read a couple of her novels in the time it took to watch the 6 part mini- series🤣😂
    I'm most looking forward to "Paging Mr. Darcy" I adore Will and Mallory💓💓

    As Always Thank you Net🙏

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  11. UPDATE: A fifth movie has been added to Hallmark's February schedule, A Taste of Love.

    See details above. ~Net

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    1. Strange that the premiere is on a Monday? Also, apparently not Jane Austen themed? I'm confused, lol, especially since HC seems to be all in on the Jane Austen themed movies for this year. 🤔

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  12. Taste of Love is an acquired movie that was filmed in July of 2021. Martin Kove is also in the movie and has pictures on Instagram .

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  13. A second mystery movie has been added to Hallmark's February schedule. See details above. ~Net

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  14. CrimeTime: Freefall

    You can tell very little from the short synopsis - Florence

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  15. I hope these Jane Austin movies will be delightful! Butchering them will not serve Hallmark well, so fingers crossed.

    It's hard to be enthused about yet more new mystery series when so many have been one-off's that leave us hanging.

    ~Alicia

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  16. Newport Mystery Movie
    At first we were very excited for a new mystery series. It quickly became apparent that this was not going to be a keeper. The least of its problems was the obvious historical inaccuracies of the dialog. My family endured to the end of the movie, not because we thought it would get better, but because of horrified fascination with how terrible it was. I understand that they wanted to make their female characters independent and strong, but the implication that the females would have to give up what they loved if they married and that getting married and having a family was undesirable was frequently brought up, ad nauseam. In the end we agreed it was just too boring and I hope they don’t continue on with this series.

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  17. Hallmark’s “Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers” is family-friendly, but aside from enjoying the lavish wardrobes and sets, the movie is a one-time watch for me. I was hoping for much more than a historically inaccurate and woke version of 1895 high society. The presentation could have been so much better had the lead character Emma, played by Ali Skovbye, been more authentic to the Victorian era, and less focused on being an independent and liberated woman who ultimately relishes being in a love triangle. Hallmark’s DEI folks made a mess of what could have been a good mystery, and sadly, I’m not looking forward to any sequels.

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  18. Hallmark’s “Paging Mr. Darcy” is a family-friendly, funny, and most entertaining story that was expertly cast and produced. Mallory Jansen and Will Kemp are absolute dynamite as the story’s main characters, and I found myself eagerly anticipating where each new segment of the movie was going to take us. This film is classic Hallmark, and kudos to everyone involved in its production.

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  19. Gilded Newport Mysteries: Murder at the Breakers – First of all, I didn’t know what channel I was watching! I’m only kidding, of course, but Hallmark Movies & Mysteries did feel like it had transformed for the evening into PBS Masterpiece Theater!

    For her first starring role, I thought Ali Skovbye shined as newspaper reporter, Emma Vanderbilt-Cross, an elegant, smart, and captivating young woman. But WHY, WHY WHY, does Hallmark insist on diversity over historical accuracy? Suffice to say, there were people in roles, who in that era and time would not be in certain professions or positions. It also felt off that Emma would even consider seeing Derrick; in that time period mixed-relationships would have been scandalous. (Please know, such a romance would be fine in a modern story for today, but not in 1895.)

    It was perplexing and disappointing to watch Emma string along her handsome friend, Detective Jesse Whyte, who she’s nearly betrothed to and quite familiar with, while seemingly being smitten by Derrick, a man she barely knows. The mystery portion was intriguing enough, but I must admit, I had the case solved nearly from the start.

    Overall, this movie includes a wonderful ensemble cast with several “When Calls the Heart” alums you are sure to recognize, including, Ali Skovbye (Becky Stanton, Abigail’s adopted daughter), James Drew Dean (Christopher Hughes, Henry Gowen’s son), and Mark Humphrey (Pastor Frank Hogan). You are also sure to spot Geoff Gustafson, as Emma’s no-nonsense newspaper boss, who is nothing like his role as the likeable Norman in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Real-life mother and daughter, April and April Telek (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: For Christmas”) were also spectacular in their roles as a high-society mother and her debutante daughter in this film.

    Altogether, if you love mystery and period films, then this is not to be missed. The incredible, elaborate costumes and settings alone are enough to draw one’s interest and the dialogue is more in keeping with the time period, then say, Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart,” but even still, beware, there are many irksome historical inaccuracies. That and the potential lovely triangle were the major drawbacks for me with this film. ~Net

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  20. Paging Mr. Darcy – This movie is charming and captivating from the very start. Look out Colin Firth, Will Kemp was absolutely the most perfect choice to play the role of Sam Lee, a simple, yet intriguingly handsome, regular guy pretending to be Mr. Darcy.

    And Mallory Jansen was ideal as Eloise Cavendish, an Elizabeth Bennet sort of character choice; I often thought of Keira Knightley (from the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film) as I watched her.

    Although, as much as this movie was very much about Mr. Darcy and Pride & Prejudice, I couldn’t help from drawing parallels of this story to Sense & Sensibility. First we have Mallory Jansen as Eloise, a smart, structured, sensible woman, who doesn’t like to be showy or the center of attention. Eloise has developed a talent of disciplining herself to keep her emotions in check; she’s very much like the more mature, older sister, Elinor Dashwood.

    And then, there’s Eloise’s sister, Mia. The whole world seems to revolve around Mia, who is experiencing relationship troubles and it seems everyone must know her romance drama. Mia loves to be the life of the party, she’s flirty/friendly, and dare I say, self-centered and a bit annoying. Sometimes, she also speaks without thinking. Mia’s a definite young and carefree Marianne Dashwood type.

    I couldn’t help from wonder if their names were also chosen purposefully to closely match those characters… Eloise – Elinor and Mia – Marianne.

    As a Jane Austen fan, I loved hearing all of the familiar phrases and book references throughout the movie, and likening people to various Austen characters and such. If someone does not know the original stories, then it might be a little harder for them to understand some of these inside-jokes/comments.

    Overall, I was thoroughly enchanted by Paging Mr. Darcy. Will Kemp and Mallory Jansen have that delightful spark of tug-and-war chemistry, that keeps pulling you back in – hoping the two will eventually meet somewhere in the middle.

    This wholesome, lighthearted, Jane-Austen inspired, Loveuary movie won over my heart; it’s one I look forward to watching over and over again! ~Net

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    1. Great catch Net on the comparison to the Sense & Sensibility sisters. Wonder if that was what they were going for? Eloise does act more like Elinor Dashwood than Elizabeth Bennett.

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  21. Missing the old Hallmark Mysteries.

    Clearly, Hallmark in canceling their ongoing popular mystery movies for a new direction. After watching the new style they are going with, I personally miss the old favorites and upbeat and fun character interaction (like Mystery 101, Garage Sale Mysteries, Aurora Teagarden, Chronical and Crossword Mysteries, and Morning Show Mysteries. etc.) The new characters and story lines just seem to be darker and less fun to me. I hope Hallmark doesn't go the direction of Lifetime with all of their violent mystery movies. Hallmark has always been an escape for me from the way the world is going where I can enjoy happy endings and light hearted (but not silly) characters. I guess I can hope that GAF will begin to introduce some of their own mysteries in the ilk of the past Hallmark mystery movies.

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    1. Gary J - Well said!!! I feel the exact same way.

      While "Curious Caterer" has good lead characters, I'm not feeling the sense of community as much and the mysteries in a few of them, I agree, have seemed creepier (darker, as you mentioned) than most HMM movies.

      It was also disappointing the way they dropped various mysteries within the mysteries. Case in point, everyone usually brings up the Mystery 101 cliffhanger plot twist, where Amy is suddenly engaged to someone else, but there are also unsolved mysteries in Picture Perfect Mysteries, Martha's Vineyard Mysteries, Cut, Color, Murder, and Redemption in Cherry Springs. And others, too, I'm sure. It's too bad these movies didn't get at least one follow-up movie to fully complete the mystery, like Hailey Dean Mysteries.

      As for Great American Family, I can assure you mystery movies are coming! And since you liked the Aurora Teagarden series, I think you'll like the star of one of them. (Hint! Hint!) Stay tuned!!! :)

      Blessings, Net

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    2. I agree with you Net and Gary. The mysteries just aren't the same. Gilded could've been truly great, if they hadn't decided to squeeze their usual woke agenda in. It just tainted the whole movie, which was incredible otherwise. I'm looking forward to seeing what Great American Family has to offer. Thanks for the hint, Net!

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  22. I am confused... I see here and on the Hallmark channel web page that an American in Austen is supposed on come out on the 17 of February, but I just caught a video of it yesterday..... Is it not originally a Hallmark film, one that Hallmark purchased???

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    1. You can watch it on Hallmark Movies Now early if you have a subscription to HM Now.

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  23. Hallmark’s “Love and Jane” proved to be a first for me – it was so bad I fell asleep watching it. I’ll admit I have not read any of the Jane Austen novels, but I have to think Jane’s rolling in her grave if she’s somehow aware of this crazy adaptation. Add to that the bird’s nest Benjamin Ayres was wearing on top of head – good grief.

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  24. I am so disappointed in this lineup.

    Paging Mr. Darcy was amazing
    Love and Jane was dumb with seeds of wokeness
    An American in Austen made Austen fans look like nutcases devoid from reality
    A Dash of Love was dirty
    And I highly doubt blackwashing Sense and Sensibility will go over well. (plus, it looks like a Bridgerton rip off)

    The fact that a network built on 1 love story after another couldn't respect 1 of the most famous romance writers in the world for more then 1 movie is a level of sadness I can't even describe. #DoBetter -Maria

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    1. I agree with you. Other than moments in each movie, not great in my opinion. I also felt an American in Austen jumped around so much and was a bit silly.

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  25. Hallmark’s A Taste of Love once again has a gay couple. Very disappointing.

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