I confess that I read all the reviews on here before I ever watched this, which set my expectations EXTREMELY low. Even so, this rendition is really not as bad as everyone says. In my opinion all its faults are due to it's absurdly brief run time: 86 minutes is hardly enough time to tell the simplest of Jane Austen's stories, much less her most complex. As a result, many scenes from the story are removed, and the plots and relationships seem to progress at at a breakneck speed. However, the acting and script are good, and while the plot is greatly condensed, I did not find it difficult to follow in the least. The biggest surprise for me was Billie Piper, who plays Fanny. After everyone on here trashed her performance and anachronistic appearance, I had steeled myself for a breathy trollop. However, her rather tarty appearance on the cover is quite misleading: although she does possess very bold looks (her features, blond hair, and considerable bust) her character is vibrant, carefree, and innocent, and quite a delight to watch. Compared to the 2005 film adaptation of this novel, which added a creepy sexual undertone to practically every scene, and focused much more on the darker elements of the story, this one is bright, bubbly, and adorable. It is very similar in tone to the recent Masterpiece Theatre version of Northanger Abbey, which also suffered from being too short but was altogether delightful. For a lighter, more exuberant, Austen than is usually found on film, I would urge you to give this a try.