It's Lady Susan's sister-in-law's (Emma Greenwell) brother, Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel), who becomes enamored with her and all her uppity talk about everything and nothing. So taken with her, Reginald doesn't even realize that Lady Susan is using him, while Frederica is left trying to escape the overly affectionate and socially awkward Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
Stillman, in full comedic fashion, introduces each of his characters before they appear, summarizing who they are, and their primary characteristics to the audience. "Love & Friendship" is witty and the lead characters are so cavalier about everything that we can't help but laugh at their insane antics, even when they get to be a bit too ridiculous. Stillman has a knack here for making some of the dialogue work. However, about halfway through, the film begins dragging a bit because it feels like the same thing over again, going on for too long. The humor is very, very dry, and goes by at the blink of an eye. There are instances when the humor doesn't stick and moments when certain character interactions don't feel organic in the setting they occupy.
All in all, Love & Friendship is hit and miss, most especially during the second half of the film. However, there is still plenty of entertainment to be gained from watching, even if it's not a film you'll hold to memory. Its strengths lie in the characters and their interactions and the ridiculousness of its overall plot. Lady Susan and Alicia Johnson are invariably silly and bored, but if they can manage to piss off high society, then it's intriguing enough to watch.
Rating: 3 out of 5