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Based on the novel by Jane Austen (who in the '90s seemed to be in the running alongside William Shakespeare and Stephen King for the honors of most adapted author in Hollywood), this period romantic comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who imagines herself an authority on matters of the heart. With the best of intentions, Emma plays matchmaker for her friends, most notably her friend Harriet (Toni Collette), who Emma links up with the Reverend Elton (Alan Cumming), and
Aug 2, 1996 Wide
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Suddenly you remember how merciless and cutting Austen's satire can be, even in the brutal '90s.
When the going gets tougher the film doesn't have many answers, and the odd unsettling surge of over-emphasis betrays an eye on the American market.
Gwyneth Paltrow makes a resplendent Emma, gliding through the film with an elegance and patrician wit that bring the young Katharine Hepburn to mind.
It's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements Emma provides even while wishing its virtues were less wholly on the surface.
Gwyneth Paltrow sparkles in the title role, as young Miss Woodhouse, who wants to play God in her own little patch of England.
Paltrow is smashing.
While Sense and Sensibility loves subtlety, silence, and space, and Persuasion loves realism, repression, and understatement, Emma loves its star Gwyneth Paltrow ...
McGrath pokes gentle fun at the over-refinements of privileged gentility, though not without enjoying its trappings and honoring its best aspirations.
A good Jane Austen adaptation that can be watched over and over.
Fun, but pales next to the previous year's Clueless.
Although it is a very fine film, I found the pace a little slow in places as it wandered off the mark.
Slightly fun, but really boring.
Emma is delightful, a breezy romance comedy of complication and confusion, with Gwynneth Paltrow a winning delight as the titular Ms. Woodhouse, meddling in the romantic lives of her friends and associates.
It is necessary to report that Paltrow is the biggest drawback of Douglas McGrath's Jane Austen adaptation Emma.
Emma has all the misplaced seriousness of a documentary on genital warts.
Audience Reviews for Emma
- Mr. Knightley: Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief.
- Frank Churchill: Is your horse just washing his feet or are there darker forces at work?
- Emma Woodhouse: The latter I'm afraid. Something has happened to the wheel and I cannot move.
- Frank Churchill: Well you'll just have to live here then. Bye-bye.
- Mr. Knightley: Whom you going to dance with?
- Emma Woodhouse: With you if you'll ask me. You've shown yourself to be a fine dancer despite all your protests and it shall not be improper for us to dance. After all we are not brother and sister.
- Mr. Knightley: [laughing] Brother and sister?! No, no... No indeed we are not...
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