Edith Adelon is an orphan working as a paid companion to Amy, daughter of the wealthy Hamilton family. Amy's father, Henry Hamilton found Edith in Italy when he went to take care of his deceased brother's affairs. He brought her home with him to save her from life in an orphanage. The Hamilton family is preparing for the annual Greens Cup Race, and the guests that will arrive. They hope to find a husband for their cousin Ida at this event. Ida becomes jealous of the attention Edith gets from the gentlemen, and finds ways to interfere with Edith's happiness.
The Inheritance is based of Louisa May Alcott's first novel of the same name. Here is my review of the book The Inheritance. It was not published while she was alive. It could be viewed as a Cinderella story with the heroine's struggle to find her place as a poor woman living in society. In it class issues and women's roles are mentioned, but are in the background of the story. The real focus is Edith, and what happens to her.
This movie is very different from the novel it is based off of, and in this case, that is actually a good thing. This was one of Alcott's early novels, and it showed in the writing and flat characters. The roles of some of the characters have been changed in the film such as: Henry Hamilton being alive, there is no brother, and Mrs. Hamilton is much more friendly. The location was changed from England to Massachusetts U.S.A. The characters were also given a little more personality than in the book.
The plot is predictable and the characters are uncomplicated, but it is a fine movie if you are expecting that and are okay with such films. It should be remembered how little there was to work with from the book, and they actually did a decent job keeping the same themes and feel as the book, while improving on the material. It is a simple love story that the whole family could enjoy.
If you are a fan of Louisa May Alcott, I would recommend this movie.