(2020) (Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A young early 19th-century woman tries to play romantic matchmaker with others, unaware that romance could be headed her way.
It's the early 19th century and Emma Woodhouse (ANYA TAYLOR-JOY) is a 21-year-old woman who's had little to vex her so far, except for the death of her mother in the past and her sister getting married, thus leaving her to live alone -- outside of staff -- in a sizeable estate with her father, Henry (BILL NIGHY), with whom she gets along fabulously.
Having just paired off her governess to a local businessman, Emma sets her matchmaking sights on Harriet Smith (MIA GOTH), a boarding school student who Emma views as something of her protégé. Despite local farmer Robert Martin (CONNOR SWINDELLS) having just proposed to Harriet, Emma encourages the young woman to politely decline that offer and go after a "better" man, local vicar Mr. Elton (JOSH O'CONNOR).
Emma's critical friend, George Knightley (JOHNNY FLYNN), knows that isn't going to work, and he doesn't think highly of the one man Emma seems somewhat interested in, her former governess' step-son, Frank Churchill (CALLUM TURNER), who doesn't live nearby. In the same sort of vein of disdain toward others, Emma isn't fond of older chatterbox Miss Bates (MIRANDA HART) or her orphaned niece, Jane Fairfax (AMBER ANDERSON), who Emma views as a rival.
As Emma tries to turn Harriett and Mr. Elton into a couple, she clashes with Knightley in the sort of slight antagonism means likely future romance that might leave her in a conundrum as she doesn't view herself as the marrying type.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the novel or anyone in the cast, some might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For brief partial nudity.
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