(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Pride and Prejudice

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: As headstrong Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry, she is introduced to the rich, upper-class gentleman Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfayden), who immediately insults her family and lower station. But circumstance keeps bringing them together, and both Elizabeth and Darcy must come to terms with their own stubborn natures.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Did you know there’s a whole community of Jane Austen fans who hate on Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice? Oh yes, they turn up their nose at the blatantly romantic movie, at the swooning score, at the “too pretty for Elizabeth Bennet” star Keira Knightley. They scoff at the movie that doesn’t capture every satirical facet of Jane Austen’s classic novel. I’ve always bristled at snooty Jane Austen fans who call Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice trash, stuttering out, “Well, it looks beautiful!” in response to someone who had the nerve to tell me that. But you know what, I’m here to finally stand my ground and say Wright’s Pride and Prejudice is good, actually.

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