“Unleashing Mr. Darcy” Hallmark Movie Review

By Ruth on January 23, 2016 in movie, review, television
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In this modern day spin on “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Scott, is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show. Dog show judge Donovan Darcy comes across as aristocratic and rude and a chain of misunderstandings unfold during the competition, complicating their mutual attraction. In true Jane Austen fashion, Elizabeth and Donovan begin to see the error of their ways and it turns out Mr. Darcy is far more kind and interesting than Elizabeth ever imagined.
1386225Before I begin, I need to say I had the supreme joy of interviewing Cindy Busby, so if you are looking for a completely objective review of this sweet, gentle, and benevolent woman, you’re going to need to look elsewhere. While I will give you a review that is fair and as accurate as possible, my outlook when it comes to reviews is positivity. In this film, I honestly didn’t find any fault (except that it could have been longer). I will discuss Cindy in great detail later, but just know that I fell in love with this movie before I even saw it.
Ty Wood as Joe Markham

Ty Wood as Joe Markham

If you recognize Ty as Joe Markham in this film, you might remember seeing him in Cedar Cove and When Calls the Heart. In this film, his part is not so amiable , unfortunately, but he still has that stellar smile that belies his character’s true nature. I won’t give away too much, be even in the role of the son of a pretty questionable character, Ty brightens the screen with his memorable persona and winning charm.

Keith MacKechnie as Circuit Director

Keith MacKechnie as Circuit Director

In the role of the nameless circuit director, Keith plays a memorable role who gets stuck in the middle of a squabble between the two leads. I tried to place this man as I knew I recognized him, and although there were a few Hallmark and Lifetime films mentioned, it was not until I saw Crash Site in his list of credits that I knew why I recognized him, as that film is a personal favorite of mine. In this film, his command of his character’s personality and the fact that he is caught between a rock and a hard place make the audience realize yet again that he can play any role with grace and dignity.

Ryan Kennedy as Henry

Ryan Kennedy as Henry

In the case of Ryan, he is a new face to me. As Henry, he portrays him as the agreeable guy who only has eyes for Jenna (played by Tammy Gillis). Ryan is able to make his character dashing enough that he doesn’t overshadow Darcy but still fits infallibly with Jenna. His role is rather small, but there’s no doubt that there are beneficial fireworks between his character and Jenna, and so it is indeed a match made in heaven, so to speak.

Lini Evans as Linda Scott

Lini Evans as Linda Scott

Yet another one I know I’ve seen here and there, but don’t specifically recognize is Lini in the role of Elizabeth’s mother Linda. And, of course, Linda is the typical mother who is always concerned that her daughter (who has just turned 30) will find a suitable man for a life partner. While the role is small, she and Elizabeth (Cindy Busby) and Jenna (Timmy Gillis) look so much alike that they look like they are related. Every time Linda is in a scene, all she can think about is her daughter’s love life, but isn’t that the way the original is? So she is the updated Pride and Prejudice mother, and Lini enhances her role exceptionally well.

Frances Fisher as Violet Darcy Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Frances Fisher as Violet Darcy Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Remember the aloof and calculating aunt from the original tale? Well, welcome to the movie’s villain, Aunt Violet, as played by Frances Fisher.  Frances is one whose reputation in film and television precedes her, and as an actress, she is a force with which to be reckoned. As we would expect from one of her caliber, she plays the part of the cunning aunt who does all within her power to see that Darcy only marries the “right” person, and she portrays her with characteristic sophistication, brilliance, and an abundant dose of haughtiness. She is the character whom the viewers will “love to hate.” Every abhorrent detail of Frances’ portrayal is impeccable, and that is why we will always side with Darcy rather than his aunt.

Courtney Richter (Felicity), Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Courtney Richter (Felicity), Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

At first, I was hopeful that Felicity would be a somewhat congenial girl. I am unfamiliar with Courtney’s list of accomplishments, but as the woman who expects to wed Darcy, she is well cast. This duo spells nothing but peril for the ultimate and anticipated happiness of Elizabeth and Darcy, as it would appear both characters are cut from the exact same cloth. I wanted to like Felicity. After all, Courtney depicts her favorably enough in the beginning. And sure, she’s glamorous. Regrettably, however, Felicity and Violet join forces to propel Elizabeth to the edge of the proverbial cliff and even give her a “friendly” push over the edge. Furthermore, Felicity enjoys this cruelty so much that I grew to despise her. Like her counterpart from the original novel, she only cares for position, comfort, and ease, and she will stomp on everyone else to get what she wants. The difference between her and Violet is that Felicity is much more subtle in her actions and less caustic in what she says. But give her time, for I do believe that as she grows older, she will be the spitting image of Violet. In the role, Courtney gives just the right air of class tinged with jealousy and superiority towards those whom she feels are beneath her.  Sadly, that means Elizabeth will experience her disdain in spite of all Elizabeth’s attempts to quell the envy of this spoiled brat.

Sarah Desjardins (Zara Darcy), Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Sarah Desjardins (Zara Darcy), Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

If Violet could poison the mind of her grandniece Zara, indeed she would. But thankfully, Zara (as portrayed by Sarah) is not impressed by cruel greed nor arrogance and position. At first, I didn’t think I recognized Sarah from anything, but imagine my shock when I read Kiss at Pine Lake in her resume! As one who loved that movie (I mean, Brennan Elliott was in it, so it’s on my list of great films), I remember her role in the beginning now as the young Zoe. Thankfully, Sarah gets a chance to truly exhibit her acting skills as the typical teenage girl, Zara Darcy. As we discover that her brother raised her, we understand her fierce devotion to him. And, of course, she absolutely adores Elizabeth and the way her brother acts whenever he is in this lady’s presence. Zara doesn’t mind doing what her great-aunt is convinced is the wrong thing (in fact, I think she thrives on it), and her bond with Elizabeth is as apparent as her obvious distaste for Felicity. I sincerely hope that more networks will realize just how gifted Sarah is in the realm of down-to-earth, unspoiled acting, and here is to seeing her in many more roles in the months and years to come.

 Liviu Rain (Mr. Bingley), Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Liviu Rain (Mr. Bingley), Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Yet another name and face I do not recognize is that of Liviu who plays the sophisticatedly suave Mr. Bingley. While the role is tiny, the fact that he fits right into the framework of the film (and plays yet another character with a recognizable name) makes him supremely cast. While some may find his character insignificant, he is deserving of an honorable mention due to his more than sufficiently suitable look and mannerisms.

 Elizabeth McLaughlin (Gabrielle Barrow), Tammy Gillis, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Elizabeth McLaughlin (Gabrielle Barrow), Tammy Gillis, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

I planned on saying I didn’t recognize the actress who plays Gabrielle, but then I read her credits and discovered that she was on When Calls the Heart once, and I think I may even remember her role. As Gabrielle, she is a kind of benefactor to poor Elizabeth. As the one who offers a way out of Elizabeth’s predicament, she is that generous person who only wants the best for Elizabeth. And since she is the dog handler who is able to impart much wisdom to Elizabeth (who also has a passion for dogs), she is a great fit. While some may consider her role lacking in screen time, there is no denying how much of a confidant her character becomes for our heroine. She may have a bit of matchmaking in her blood, but at the end of the day, there is no one she regards more than Elizabeth. Indeed, it is a joy to see Elizabeth portray a solid, calm woman who is so certain of who she is that she never kowtows to Violet or anyone else who would attempt to make her feel inferior. We can only hope that Elizabeth will learn this skill from her.

Tammy Gills (Jenna), Cindy Busby (Elizabeth) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Tammy Gillis (Jenna), Cindy Busby (Elizabeth) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

How can you not love Tammy in the role of Elizabeth’s sister, Jenna? I couldn’t remember where I saw her recently, and then it dawned on me–Signed, Sealed, Delivered. How nice it is that we got to see more of her in this film as she portrays the tender, sympathetic, and almost always smiling Jenna. She is not searching for love, but it practically falls into her lap. She is kind of like the “girl-next-door,” and she only has one thing on her mind–Elizabeth’s happiness (it seems like that is a theme in this film, doesn’t it?). But she is the loyal sister and will gladly rebuff anyone (Violet and Darcy included) who gives Elizabeth a difficult time. She has a smile that brightens the screen every time we see it, and I believe she is a perfect fit for the Hallmark brand. Let’s hope this is the beginning of seeing her in more roles, including a lead role (I think she deserves it and would do an amazing job).

Cindy Busby, Ryan Paevey, Ken Tremblett (Grant Markham), Courtney Richter Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Cindy Busby, Ryan Paevey, Ken Tremblett (Grant Markham),
Courtney Richter Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Interestingly enough, I think Hearties will recognize the man who plays Grant Markham as Ken did make an appearance on a couple of shows. I didn’t instantly place him there, but there was no doubt that this man’s character was bad news from the start. He is the father of Ty Wood’s character, and as far as I am concerned, he and Felicity deserve each other (except that Grant is married so that could be an issue–maybe he and Violet can get together). He is yet another character who has it out for Elizabeth, and he plays his part delightfully wickedly. He is so handsome and refined, and yet he is so despicable and vile–indeed a true blackguard, I would say. I didn’t even like to hate him, and anything he has coming his way is decidedly deserved. Indeed, the story hit too close to home for me (I am a teacher, and I will explain more in detail a bit later), but I would say even the lynch mob is too good for his character. Regardless, I know my strong reaction to Grant Markham was only heightened by Ken’s incredible portrayal of him.

Cindy Busby (Elizabeth) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Cindy Busby (Elizabeth) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Of course, I just have to make mention of the dogs in this film. When I talked with Cindy about this role, she told me there were such wonderful dogs in the film. Now, I love dogs as much as the next person, and I was thinking maybe there were a few dogs.  I was astounded to see just how many beautiful, darling, and so doggone cute canines there are in this production! I couldn’t help but call out more than once “Oh how cute” in those lovely baby voices we reserve for infants and animals. If you have any kind of affinity for dogs, prepare yourself for a virtual feast of pooches! (If you want to see pictures of the really cute ones, check out Cindy’s twitter page as she has posted many: http://twitter.com/cindy_busby)

Cindy Busby (Elizabeth Scott), Ryan Paevey (Conovan Darcy) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Cindy Busby (Elizabeth Scott), Ryan Paevey (Conovan Darcy) Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Of course, the story wouldn’t even begin to work without these two, Cindy and Ryan, who play the couple who seem to always bring out the best (and the worst) in each other. In order for a film to work like this, the appropriate level of chemistry must be attained, and this couple has the method down to a tee. Now that doesn’t mean that their interactions are apathetic and formularized–quite the contrary. With these two, it is safe to say that their chemistry and interactions are electrifying.  If you have ever been anywhere near a thunderstorm, you know that they are both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Furthermore, you probably know the benefits and pitfalls of a thunderstorm. And this couple is definitely in the midst of one as far as their relationship goes. Elizabeth believes that Donovan is nothing but a rich snob who is immensely preoccupied with his money that he cannot see the intense suffering of humanity around him. She believes his wealth and prestige always protects him from harm. However, Donovan has built a wall around his heart and does nothing but resist anything he might feel for a woman such as Elizabeth. He sees who she genuinely is, and it unnerves her. She attempts to be stalwart and autonomous, but it is clear that having someone on her side like him can only benefit her–that is if he genuinely believes in her and loves her for who she is.

Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Whenever in each other’s presence, things go from zero to one hundred immediately, and the humor between them is positively incendiary. The way in which they speak and interact is a dream come true for a romantic such as I, but there is enough reality in the story to keep it from ever being sappy. As the passion grows and sparks between them, I found myself captivated with the natural but volcanic chemistry between them.

Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

If that doesn’t say chemistry, I’m really not sure what does. But again, I applaud the Hallmark brand of kisses because it means that my daughter can watch, and I can be assured that nothing inappropriate will go on.

Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

Since I am a not a soap opera aficionado, I was not familiar with Ryan until I saw him in this role. When I learned it was his first lead, I was dumbfounded. I say that because Ryan is an ideal fit for the role of the misunderstood prosperous man whose passion is dogs, supporting charities, and taking care of his sister. With the introduction of Elizabeth Scott into his life, he suddenly discovers a part of himself that he concealed for so long. In fact, he assumed his heart was impenetrable before she came along. His overwhelming task is to try to make her see him for the genuine person he is below the surface of society. And his aunt certainly doesn’t make that daunting task any easier.

 Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

I know I often find myself saying that the leading man in a Hallmark film is perfectly cast, but in Ryan’s case, that is doubly so. He is astonishingly handsome, and yet he makes his character so pragmatic while still being the immaculate gentleman. Every piece of his wardrobe is in place, but when he is with the dogs or Elizabeth, none of that matters.

Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Ryan Paevey Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

The masterful way in which Ryan commands the scenes in which he appears is the sign of a true professional with a substantial career ahead of him. He always lets his co-star shine, and he does not monopolize the limelight in any scene like some actors might. All I can say is that I do hope this will be the first of many films in which Ryan will be featured as he has earned the title star with charming ease.

Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Brendan Meadows

What else can I say about this enchanting actress that I haven’t already? I’ll be honest here. I started screening the film late one night, and I only got halfway through (I had to go to sleep as I had to work the next morning). I sent Cindy a message telling her how marvelous she was. I tweeted to her the next day. Then I finished watching, and I just couldn’t stop telling her how exceptional she was in the film. Sincerely, it is as though the role of Elizabeth Scott was written and intended for her. And after interviewing her, it just seemed to make the watching of the film that much more pleasurable. I know how much she loved making this film, and she gave the most impeccable performance of her career. And all those dogs–could there be much better than combining two passions together and then sharing those passions with others through the medium of television?

 Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tammy Gillis, Cindy Busby, Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tammy Gillis, Cindy Busby, Frances Fisher Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Of course, Cindy’s character had me at the opening scene because I am a teacher, and I have even taught at a private school before.  And to see Cindy portraying a teacher (and doing it delightfully and quite realistically) was a veritable treat for me. I could empathize with her on more than one occasion, and I believe most teachers will know exactly where Elizabeth is coming from.

However, there is more to it than that. Seeing Elizabeth not once, but twice be accused falsely struck a chord within me. I know exactly how it feels to be unjustly blamed, and even more so, to have the right to appeal thrust from you. You are at a loss because no one comprehends the truth, and furthermore, no one cares to hear the truth. Thankfully, this is Hallmark, and we can count on an ending where vindication is expected. But don’t think you know exactly how it will end. But for me, I praise Elizabeth’s stand, and I can only hope that I would have the gumption to do exactly what she did.

Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Cindy Busby Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

As a woman myself who easily jumps to conclusions without knowing all the facts (although I am getting better at that fault as I mature), I also empathize with Elizabeth’s dilemma. The way in which Cindy depicts this tough, self-sufficient woman who truly wants to find love but is hesitant to take the risk lest she be thought weak, or worse still, get hurt, is with a veracious sensitivity that shows just how much Cindy has immersed herself in her role. I can genuinely find no fault at all in her characterization, and as this is her first lead, there just have to be more to come. She has certainly come into her own, as they say, and I believe her career is going to soar higher than the hair immaculately piled atop her head (which is a stunning look for her), and she is only going to grow more beautiful within and without as the years pass for her. She is a gifted artist who ranks high on my list of gorgeous women with even more gorgeous soul,s not to mention she is indeed a gifted artist.

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58 Comments

  1. Deepthi January 23, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful review.I was eagerly awaiting this movie and had my fingers crossed and hoped the movie wouldn’t disappoint me and it did not.
    The modern day twist was well established.Anyone familiar with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,will love this movie.
    My only complaint was Elizabeth was not what I perceived she would be.I found her loud and over anxious and over the top.it was like Elizabeth was trying too hard in life.Her over the top reaction to Mr Darcy’s disdain was unimaginable.
    Darcy was perfect Darcy.hateful at first and well loved at the end.and all the other characterside played their part well.
    Kudos to the whole team for bringing this movie to us which made for a great Saturday.and Ryan Peavey was Dreamy ♡♡♡♡

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      Ruth January 24, 2016 Reply

      Deepthi, thank you for your comments. And I’m glad you could enjoy it in spite of anything you may not have liked. To be honest, I could see myself being like Elizabeth when I was younger and a bit more sarcastic. I used to try too hard myself. So maybe I could identify with her character. And the fact that she was a teacher who was falsely accused. I hope I wouldn’t be like this, but a younger version of myself may have been.

  2. Nicole January 24, 2016 Reply

    I was thinking this movie was going to somewhat still have the concept of pride and prejudice. It was a cute movie, but nothing I would watch over like pride and prejudice.

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      Ruth January 24, 2016 Reply

      Well, Nicole, I would agree with that. It was only loosely based on Pride & Prejudice. But I appreciate your thoughts.

  3. Debi Morris January 24, 2016 Reply

    Ryan Paevey showed his great acting abilities going from a cop on GH to a sensitive/arrogant dog show judge/billionaire in Unleashing Mr. Darcy. My husband even watched a love story with me because it was a good movie. Everyone on the show did a good job in their rolls. Must see.

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      Ruth January 24, 2016 Reply

      I agree completely Debi! Glad you and your husband enjoyed it.

  4. Michelle Elizondo January 24, 2016 Reply

    Enjoyable!!

  5. Ivan Jordon January 24, 2016 Reply

    Hmmmm. I have to check out this movie for myself. Looks really promising though.
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      Ruth January 24, 2016 Reply

      I really think you’ll like it Ivan. Men and women both raved about it.

  6. Tricia January 26, 2016 Reply

    Sure do enjoy Ryan Paevey’s voice!

  7. Cheryl R. Banks January 30, 2016 Reply

    I absolutely love the Hallmark Channel and especially watching “Unleashing Mr. Darcy”. What a perfect title.
    Actor, Ryan Paevey was excellent in playing Mr. Darcy who was arrogant yet quite charming. What a phenomenal actor with an incredible voice. We would love to see Mr. Paevey in many more future Hallmark movies. Thank you Hallmark Channel for being a Girl’s Best Friend!

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      Ruth January 30, 2016 Reply

      Yes I completely agree. I had never seen Ryan before, but he was amazing as was the whole cast!

  8. Betty Curran February 4, 2016 Reply

    Sadly, I missed seeing this movie on Hallmark (work interfered). I hope it is rescheduled soon.

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      Ruth February 4, 2016 Reply

      Betty I hope you caught it. They have been replaying it.

  9. Non-Darcy fan February 4, 2016 Reply

    I am a big fan of the Hallmark Channel, but was disappointed with this movie. I felt the plot was disjointed and the acting was mediocre. Often emotions seemed over the top and unbelievable. Also, the intentional dance-like moves of the actors was distracting and forced. Granted sometimes in conversation we may move around but it generally happens organically and not forced and intentional. And the ending was just not believable. I tried to find something I liked about this movie and it was the well-trained and cute dogs. For all the hype leading up to this, it fell way short.

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      Ruth February 4, 2016 Reply

      I’m very sorry you were not a fan of this film. I understand and appreciate comments that are critical provided they are not attacking the actors themselves. I can appreciate what you are saying, so here’s hoping you will find something you like on Hallmark better next time.

  10. Jozlyn February 5, 2016 Reply

    Always love the Hallmark movies. This movie was really a good movie to watch. I would like to know when its coming back on again so I can record it. This is how much I love the movie. The actress and actors played a good role in this movie.

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      Ruth February 6, 2016 Reply

      Jozlyn I know it’s been playing several times so be sure to check your local listings.

  11. Teresa February 5, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for your excellent review! Overall I really enjoyed this movie however the one thing that really bothered me was the scene in the restaurant where Lizzie was unbelievable rude, without cause, to Darcy. Even her sister pointed it out to her. It really just made her look like a, well, insert rude word here LOL. Anyways, it took me awhile to “re-warm” up to her character after that, just put a bad taste in my mouth. I think it had more to do with the script writing and how the scene played out. Giving Darcy a line or two that may have justified her being rude back might have helped. In any case, both actors are so good at what they do, I was 100% back on board with them by the time they connected romantically in his home. Thanks again!

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      Ruth February 6, 2016 Reply

      Thanks Teresa. I think there were times that it was difficult to put the entire story into a film that was less than 2 hours, so I can see your point. But I also think that Lizzie was just rude–her character was supposed to be. But thank you for your honest appraisal and good words without being abrasive. Much appreciated!

  12. Joanne Spence February 5, 2016 Reply

    I was very impressed with the movie…in fact, it has turned out to be one of my favorite Hallmark movies. I had never seen Ryan Paevey before, and was very impressed with his acting ability and even more impressed with his handsome good looks. The chemistry between him and Cindy Busby was incredible. He made the manner in which he looked at Cindy very convincing. There were many “kissable” moments leading up to when it finally happened. While the setting at the end of the movie made the ending seem unrealistic, it had the Hallmark element of happily ever after, and that’s why people tune into Hallmark movies. I also liked Cindy Busby in the role of Elizabeth, and was impressed with how she played her role as Elizabeth. I am looking forward to seeing more of both of them in upcoming Hallmark movies. I’ve noticed that on occasion, soap stars do very well in Hallmark movies, and Ryan Paevey lived up to expectations, and beyond.

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      Ruth February 6, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Joanne, I completely agree. And for me, the fact that this was based on a book and the author was happy with it–well, I think it was great. I hadn’t seen Ryan either. And Cindy was just wonderful.

  13. Looks like a cute movie and of course Mr.Darcy is very handsome!

  14. Marie February 23, 2016 Reply

    I’m dying to know the song that was played while Elizabeth and Donovan were dancing. I absolutely love it and the movie as well! I tried shazaming it and looking for it online as well but to no avail. Do you know it?

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      Ruth February 27, 2016 Reply

      While I do not know the song, I will link you to the website of the composer of the music for the film, and there is a place to contact him: http://www.jefftoyne.com/

    • Em March 12, 2016 Reply

      The song when they dance is called the lionized by Melissa Kaplan. I don’t believe it’s available yet, but the songwriter said they were working on it and hopefully it will be ready soon 🙂

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        Ruth March 12, 2016 Reply

        Thank you Em!!

  15. Ria DiPietro @309 February 27, 2016 Reply

    I have watched this movie many times over and enjoy it each and every time. Ryan was wonderful as Donovon Darcy and Elizabeth was adorable as Elizabeth. Together they had excellent chemistry that kept me wanting more. I am hoping that Hallmark will produce a DVD as I want to own this movie and purchase extras for special gifts to family and friends. Another wish is for a sequel with the same actors as I see unchartered territory for another screenplay involving these characters. Aunt Violet’s antics and interference would lead to very interesting storylines. Frances Fisher was perfect in this role. Cannot say enough great things about this movie. Just loved it!!!!!
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      Ruth February 27, 2016 Reply

      Oh yes I completely agree!

  16. Joanne Spence March 4, 2016 Reply

    One more comment about the movie. I loved the soundtrack. I’ve watched the movie so many times now, that I’m aware of what music goes with Aunt Violet, and what music goes with Elizabeth and Darcy when they are connecting emotionally. It made me think of Peter and the Wolf, and how different musical instruments symbolized different characters. I know that’s a goofy analogy. I tried your link you provided to learn of the name of the song that played when Elizabeth and Darcy danced at the charity ball, but had no luck. Anyway, even though I have read some negative comments on other sites, the movie remains one of my favorites, although I do have to agree with a comment about the forced “do-se-do type of movement during most conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth. It was distracting, and I wonder if it was to show each actor’s best side in filming.

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      Ruth March 5, 2016 Reply

      Thank you for the comment. Regarding the link, you might click on contact portion and ask your question directly.

    • Em March 12, 2016 Reply

      The song when they dance is called the lionized by Melissa Kaplan. I don’t believe it’s available yet, but the songwriter said they were working on it and hopefully it will be ready soon 🙂

  17. Louise Bischoff March 13, 2016 Reply

    This review was fantastic! I have become an ardent fan of Hallmark movies but this one has become my absolute favorite. Ryan Paevey is a very humble and handsome gentleman. Any woman would be thrilled to have him date her daughter. He seems to be very domestic and has a great love for nature, his home and family. Cindy and Ryan are a beautiful couple … both intelligent. I am so eager to purchase this movie. Can’t tell you how many times I have watched it!!

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      Ruth March 14, 2016 Reply

      Oh wow Louise what a lovely comment! I’ve got to post these comments on the actor’s pages. They are so very lovely!

  18. Mary Herberger March 13, 2016 Reply

    i have watched this movie so many times and I cannot tell you how much the chemistry between these two touch my heart. I often dream that they are a couple outside of this movie since they both are great actors and so convincing in the movie. Just wish there had been more romantic kisses in the movie. Look forward to seeing these two work together again…I would buy every DVD if they did…Thank you Hallmark for making such a beautiful love story. I thought the Christmas Card was my favorite but now Unleashing Mr Darcy is my favorite all time movie and my daughter in California loves it to. She always calls me when its on so we can watch it together.. Please let Hallmark know that we want to see these two actors together again….

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      Ruth March 14, 2016 Reply

      Oh Mary I really hope they do this! I loved it too! You’re not alone in your admiration!!

  19. Becca March 18, 2016 Reply

    I watched “Pride and Predjudice” a week or two before I discovered “Unleashing Mr. Darcy” on my TV guide. I loved “Pride and Predjudice” so much I immediately recorded “Unleashing Mr. Darcy”. I thoroughly enjoyed it and called my sister and recommended it to her. I am a romantic at heart and wonder if there was a real attraction between Ryan and Cindy off-screen. I agree with others that trading places throughout was a distraction, but my biggest problem was the ending. I truly loved the ending in “Pride and Predjudice” and was looking forward to seeing the ending of this movie to have the same passion. Unfortunately it did not. Ryan is so dashingly handsome and has such a wonderfully sexy voice. While I enjoyed Cindy very much, I loved Tammy Gillis. I have watched it more than a dozen times. Do not plan to erase it from my DVR.

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      Ruth March 19, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!

  20. Jan March 28, 2016 Reply

    I was searching for a answer about the movie and found your blog. I enjoyed reading your synopsis and I agree with you on every point. I hope you can help me with my question, Mr Darcy has a Cavalier, the one that has puppies. I can’t remember the name of the dog. Do you know? I searched our satellite to see when it might be aired again so I could watch again and find out but there are no plans at this time to air it. Thank you.

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      Ruth March 28, 2016 Reply

      I just asked the dog wranglers from the movie as I don’t know either. If they respond I’ll let you know. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Ruth March 28, 2016 Reply

      According to the author Teri Wilson the character’s dog name is Figgy. If you want the actual dog actor’s name I’ll have to dig deeper

  21. Jan April 2, 2016 Reply

    Figgy, that’s it! Thanks so much, I’m writing it down, I really appreciated your effort.

  22. Sharron May 30, 2016 Reply

    I loved this movie and have watched it several times on YouTube – I also agree it could’ve been longer – I cannot wait for it to be shown on British TV. What I also love and cannot find is the song played when Darcy and Elizabeth danced – The same song continued when Darcy kissed Elizabeth after getting rid of Markham.

    Does anyone know the name and lyrics of the song and can it be bought on ITUNES??

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      Ruth June 1, 2016 Reply

      You know, that has been a constant question and I have yet to find the answer. In fact, the author was asking me about that just the other day. When I interview her (which will be soon), I’ll be sure to ask to see if she ever found out.

  23. Sharron June 2, 2016 Reply

    Thank you – I really want this song and look forward to answers of where I can get it – I don’t suppose you know when it’s coming to England????

  24. Sharron June 2, 2016 Reply

    Ps – I mean the movie – when is the movie coming to England??

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      Ruth June 3, 2016 Reply

      I do not know Sharron when it’s coming to England. Wish I did.

  25. Kellie July 15, 2016 Reply

    Were you ever able to get any leads on the song “The Lionized” that played during th dance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy? I desperately need it!

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      Ruth July 15, 2016 Reply

      I even asked the author–I’m very sorry. You’re not the only one who asked. No one seems to know. I’m very very sorry about that. It’s hard when I don’t work for Hallmark or know the people involved.

  26. GEMMA PAPAKOSTAS September 20, 2016 Reply

    i WILL ASK THE SAME QUESTION LIKE EVERYBODY ABOUT THE SONG,I’VE BEEN SEARCHING AND SEARCHING BUT NO LUCK.

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      Ruth September 20, 2016 Reply

      Please see what this other commentator said: “The song when they dance is called the lionized by Melissa Kaplan. I don’t believe it’s available yet, but the songwriter said they were working on it and hopefully it will be ready soon.” I think that is the problem. It is not availalbe for purchase yet. Unfortunately, Hallmark does not always have their music ready as quickly as other networks. Often, it’s independent. So I just say keep on waiting. Sorry that’s all I can say at this point. I know everyone wants to know–and once I hear, I promise I’ll have an official answer when it’s available. I DO NOT work for Hallmark nor get paid for anything I do on this site (except a few sponsored posts that have nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment), so please understand I am merely a fan who sometimes has special access to actors/actresses, but I have never visited a Hallmark set nor have I met a Hallmark actor.

  27. ava October 1, 2016 Reply

    I would love to know the title of the song they were dancing to at the ball

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      Ruth October 1, 2016 Reply

      Ava I believe the music for the movie is not available yet. There’s lots of discussion but sometimes releasing the music takes awhile. I will be sure to post once I know

  28. Myrna john November 21, 2016 Reply

    I love the movie so much I played it several times. Ryan is so good looking and he has one of this oratorical voice. I don’t blame Elizabeth for her love & hate attitude. She had a terrible encounter with Grant Markam. The chemistry between the two is so electrifying. I wish to see more of them later. Yes I agree it would be nice to hear of an off the screen relationship. However the ending is unrealistic. This does not happen in a dog show, but still loves the ending, to see Elizabeth & Donovan falling in love passionately. Love the movie so much.

  29. Chanatl P. December 2, 2016 Reply

    I’m simply in love with this movie…and with Ryan Paevey. Right now I’m going crazy trying to find out what is the name of the song that is playing when Mr Darcy and Elizabeth are dancing, just before he kisses her ?
    Does anybody know ?

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      Ruth December 2, 2016 Reply

      I am sooo very sorry. It seems that people have attempted to find the song–that very song as a matter of fact. Teri Wilson, the author herself, has been unable to find it. You are not the first person to ask. I don’t have time right now, but I will try to see if anyone else knows.

  30. Shirley Dault May 29, 2017 Reply

    I’ve taped this movie and have watched it over and over. Ryan Peavey is totally gorgeous and with a voice to match. The ending of the movie was ridiculous. Darcy’s words and actions were totally unromantic. Dull, boring and no enthusiasm! I know it’s only a movie but, Hey! I would love to see a sequel, with most of the original cast, and ending with a fabulous wedding! Be still my beating heart!!

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      Ruth May 29, 2017 Reply

      Shirley, thanks for stopping by. Frankly I loved the movie and the ending was fabulous. Sometimes they have to speed things up because of the timing. It’s only 90 minutes so it’s tough. But thankfully you’d like a sequel and here’s hoping our dreams come true.

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