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"Cupid is armed and dangerous!"
  • PG
  • 1996
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • 6.6  (40,940)
  • 66

Emma is a 1996 romantic comedy-drama film based on the classic novel written by Jane Austen. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the movie follows the story of a young and wealthy woman named Emma Woodhouse, portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow, who lives in the small, 19th-century English town of Highbury. Emma is a free-spirited, intelligent and headstrong young woman who is determined to play matchmaker for her friends and acquaintances. However, her attempts to find love for those around her often end in disaster, causing misunderstandings, heartache and embarrassment for all involved.

Despite her misguided intentions, Emma is loved and admired by most of the people in her town, including her father, Mr. Woodhouse, played by James Cosmo. Emma's father is a hypochondriac who is overly concerned with his health, and Emma often indulges him, never leaving his side for too long.

One of Emma's closest friends is Harriet Smith, played by Toni Collette, a sweet-natured, but slightly foolish young woman who becomes Emma's target for matchmaking. Emma convinces Harriet to reject the proposal of a respectable farmer and sets her sights on finding a more suitable match for her.

When a new eligible bachelor arrives in Highbury - the handsome and charming Mr. Frank Churchill, played by Ewan McGregor - Emma begins to fall for him herself. Meanwhile, Mr. George Knightley, played by Jeremy Northam, a longtime friend of Emma's and the town's voice of reason, strongly disapproves of Emma's meddling ways and believes that she is causing more harm than good.

As Emma tries to juggle her own romantic feelings, her father's demands for attention, and the many matchmaking schemes she has set in motion, the story unfolds with plenty of humor, romance, and jealousy. Eventually, Emma realizes the cost of her meddling and takes responsibility for her mistakes, learning valuable lessons about herself and others.

The movie Emma is a charming and captivating adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel. It boasts stunning cinematography, elegant costumes, and a brilliant cast of actors who bring their characters to life in a way that captivates and charms the audience. Gwyneth Paltrow is particularly brilliant in her performance as Emma, perfectly capturing her character's wit, intelligence and misguided kindness.

The film's score, composed by Rachel Portman, adds to the movie's delightful ambiance with its beautiful and moving melodies. Emma is a joyous film that will appeal to all lovers of romantic comedies and period dramas, and Austen fans will thoroughly enjoy this faithful cinematic adaptation of one of the author's most beloved works.

Overall, Emma is a delightful and heartfelt movie that is both light-hearted and profound. It expertly captures the essence of Jane Austen's classic novel while adding its own unique charm and whimsy. Emma is a classic tale of love, friendship, and the journey to self-discovery, and it remains a timeless and beloved piece of cinema history.

Emma is a 1996 romance movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 66.

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Emma is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Paramount+, Apple TV Channels, The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Emma for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    6.6  (40,940)
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