Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: January 5th, 1999

PG |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, pretty socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for those around her. Her latest "project" is Harriet Smith, an unpretentious debutant, while Emma herself receives the attentions of the dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). However, Emma's attempts at matchmaking cause more problems than solutions and may ultimately jeopardize her own chance at love and happiness.

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam, Toni Collette, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming, Juliet Stevenson, Ewan McGregor, Polly Walker

Director: Douglas McGrath

Genres: Comedy drama , Romance

Production Co: Miramax Films

Keywords: Amusing, Marriage, Transformation, Lighthearted, Growing up, Friend, Friendship, Family, England, Emotional, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Emma is the peak of the recent Austen pack and a star-maker, too -- an antidote to a summer in which even good movies have subordinated writing and characters to special effects. [02 Aug 1996, Pg.01.D]

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    The movie is a genteel, witty soap opera designed to make everyone feel the better for having not only seen it, but having had a bit of fun. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny. show more

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