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Seeing Love and Friendship was like going to a The Cheesecake Factory; you know exactly what you’re gonna get and how you’re gonna get it. Even though I wasn’t familiar with the original work, I knew it would be a perfectly delightful escape in the world of Jane Austen that I know and love.  While this is no BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries (which I own on DVD and watched religiously the entire summer before I moved away to college), it is delightful Jane Austen escapism, with extra humor and sass.

The drama starts immediately when two ladies escape into a carriage, fleeing a manor full of another woman’s shrieks. A few characters run outside to watch the carriage pull away, and the camera lingers on each face before text of their name, relation, and defining personality trait, are shown. This introduction continues to include characters we will meet later, which I found to be equal parts helpful and confusing. I appreciated knowing who everyone was, yet I couldn’t keep them all straight until I was further in the film.


 
 
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San Andreas has all the components of an enjoyable action film - dynamic leading man, multiple natural disasters, plenty of destruction - yet it’s not a good movie. It’s rarely engaging, and the first time I watched it, I was so distracted by Alex Daddario’s boobs that I spent more time googling her “breakout” scene in True Detective than I did caring about the film. Upon a second viewing, I found the film more tolerable thanks to the company of my roommate and a box of red wine, but we’ll save the shot rating for the end of the reviewcap™.