Bride and Prejudice
I rented Bride and Prejudice for two reasons. First because I loved Bend it Like Beckham, the director's biggest hit, and two because I've got this new love of Bollywood and Bhangra music.
I wouldn't say that it was a waste of time, but I would say it's a time waster. You would think that pulling from such a classic as Pride and Prejudice, that the story would be one of the best out there, but it really is almost boring. You can see very early on how most of it will work out (and without the benefit of knowing the story, since I wasn't familiar with it beforehand).
I do think that this was the only way to modernize Pride and Prejudice, because the mother's character is completely unbelievable. She got almost painful to watch, but that's because I'm like that, I hate to watch people embarrass themselves constantly.
I think that part of the problem is that the movie seems really inconsistent about when and where the characters break out into song. While some of the musical pieces were interesting, others were odd and seemed out of place. At one point we suddenly have a large choir on risers...on the beach.
It's a decent movie, but I can't really say I loved it or would recommend it. It's more like if you have a chance to watch it, go for it. But don't go out of your way.
Rent Bend it Like Beckham instead, that is a phenomenal film.