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Modern Persuasion

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4.91 h 27 min202112
A sexy, modern telling of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." Wren (Alicia Witt: Orange is the New Black) is a happy, single and self-confessed workaholic who, after rising to the top of the corporate ladder, finds herself coming home to her cat every night. When her firm is hired by Owen (Shane McRae: Sneaky Pete), "the man who got away," long-lost feelings arise and Wren has a second chance at love.
Directors
Alex AppelJonathan Lisecki
Starring
Alicia WittBebe NeuwirthDaniella Pineda
Genres
ComedyRomance
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Shane McRae
Producers
Alex AppelAmy HobbyAnne Hubbell
Studio
Signature Entertainment
Content advisory
Alcohol usesexual contentviolence
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3.1 out of 5 stars

245 global ratings

  1. 25% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 23% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 25% of reviews have 1 stars
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yonghybonghyboReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
if you want a masterclass in terrible acting and literary adaptation, this is it
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Listen up, Literature majors! This is awful and you should watch it to see how baaaad it is. It's a shame, I've liked some of Alicia Witt's work in the past, and love Bebe Neuwirth. There is also a Chinese actress here I don't know the name of who outshines everyone, but I only know all this from watching it for 15 minutes. I decided life was too short. Nothing held together. It was perhaps referencing the formulas of modern takes on classic literature, but it didn't succeed in conveying any of the glittering dialogue or even the basic qualities of exchange in the original characters. I'm troubled this ever got made.
6 people found this helpful
GoldenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Modern Persuasion? An injustice to Jane Austen
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I can't believe that this film has the cheek to call itself 'Modern Persuasion'.

Supposedly based on Jane Austen's book 'Persuasion', however, it only give the merest wink to the source material.

The plot flimsy at best.

The chemistry between the 2 lead actors is non existent. It is hard to believe that there was any prior history or romantic attachment between the two leads - other than maybe seeing each other in a college bar 20 years ago.

If you have read the Jane Austen classic, I'd advise giving this film a wide berth.
5 people found this helpful
frogReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Has anyone ever watched this through to the end?
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Twelve minutes in and I've almost filled my sick bag! This is worse than awful.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not into The Classics, didn't really enjoy trudging through Austen, Hardy and Elliot back when I was an earnest-but-spotty teenager, but this – oh, my, gad.

All those artificiality, plastic looking women, the middle-aged-grey-haired-but-courtly gent are bad enough, but what finished me was the pregnant woman who looked like a herd of elephants was stuffed up her dress. That, and the woman with the purple lipstick whose facelift has been achieved by an extremely high, tight bun, have forced me to switch off this travesty before I stick pins in my eyes and knitting needles down my ears....

Has anyone actually, really watched this right through to the end?
3 people found this helpful
TuftyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Someone needs to apologise to Jane Austen
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Despite a nod to the plot of Persuasion, the storyline was sorely lacking, with no decent acting to salvage the film. Airheaded script run roughshod over any connection to Austen's story and the plot is raced through. There's no depth to the characters, so we don't really care how their stories end. Pop over to Netflix and watch Pride and Prejudice to help get the bitter taste out of your mouth!!!
6 people found this helpful
Dominic PriceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Paint Drying > This film
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“A modern take a on a classic story” roughly translated into English means “a terrible and disappointing take on a modern classic”.
Using your Amazon account to purchase paint and watch it dry would genuinely get more stars from me!
I’m off to watch my washing machine spin for some more high octane entertainment.
5 people found this helpful
Katie BruceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst Movie I've Ever Seen
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No real plot or character development, nothing really happens and the acting is absolutely terrible apart from one Chinese lady in it who's half decent. Genuinely was a waste of my time. I watched the whole movie and even the very end scene was so badly done. Not only that but the soundtrack was super cheesy and not great. Please don't waste your time. Not even the fashion was good. This will teach me to read reviews before watching something on Amazon Prime. DON'T WATCH.
2 people found this helpful
Sibella ChauveauReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Began watching for Austen, left wondering why I bothered.
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Even with a healthy budget for sets and clothes, this 'adaptation' was horrific. Even when you take a book written over a hundred years ago, it doesn't mean the film has to be 'spoof comedy' modern, with 'on fleek' mentioned a hundred times to make the distinction!
While it could have been done well, Modern Persuasion isn't worth watching, even for a moment. With all the binge-eating and getting cats, as a woman, I found this trope offensive and really rather silly. Why give the main character, what is supposed to be a high powered job and have her act like an idiot for the entire plot? You tell me...
2 people found this helpful
Reviewer S5Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tacky
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The basic plot would have worked as a normal Hallmark romance film.

Instead, there was this attempt at comedy that didn't work, like the flirting between the client and the two office girls, and a supposedly comic Board with characters that didn't attract, not to mention a tedious attempt at promoting female homosexuality, The last nail in the coffin was the promotion of the film as a Jane Austen modern remake, which attracted many of the one star reviews.

I am consistently surprised that given the resources needed to make a film, and the over abundance of actors and screen writers available, that there are so many bad films made.
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