Paging Mr. Darcy 2024 / A modest but endearing romcom whose characters actually act their own age


Despite the fact that this isn’t the light fantasy romcom it seems to present itself as at the onset, Paging Mr. Darcy nevertheless becomes a breezy, likable little TV movie because it allows its main characters to be adult human beings. The story is still mostly fluff that ends far too abruptly, but for the most part, watching these two walk around and flirt from the very beginning makes for pleasant viewing. There isn’t any pressure placed on these people to fabricate some sort of will-they-won’t-they dynamic or to act accordingly to Jane Austen’s work, and the result is a romance that feels so much simpler and so much more authentic than a Hallmark movie probably deserves.

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