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Love and Friendship: Laughs aplenty in period rom-com

The Nice Guys (Cert 15, 116 mins)

By Damon Smith

Published 23/09/2016

Scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale)
Scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale)

Scheming widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) is concerned about rumours that have begun to circulate about her relationship with smitten suitor, Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O'Mearain). She seeks refuge with her late husband's family on their vast estate.

Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards) is blind to Lady Susan's underhand tactics but his wife, Catherine (Emma Greenwell), is less trusting, especially when their houseguest charms her younger brother, Reginald (Xavier Samuel).

Love & Friendship is a delicious period romantic comedy, based on Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. Every back-handed compliment lands like a sharp slap to the chops, eliciting so much laughter in some scenes that a couple of zinging one-liners are lost in our mounting delirium.

Four stars

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