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This lively comedy about two American women's fixation with all things Austen is a warm, literate treat, but it suffers from a less than immaculate structure

After the breakout success of Bridesmaids, one could have been forgiven for expecting a slew of cash-ins, but, unusually for Hollywood, little more in the way of female-friendly comic entertainment has so far emerged. The indie world, however, is taking up the slack, and after last year's word-of-mouth hit Bachelorette, Sundance this year premiered a bigger, broader and slightly more mainstream bid for the chick-flick dollar with Austenland – a little shrill at times but fun, warm and, for once, making great play of an almost entirely female-focused cast.

Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, it stars Keri Russell as Jane Hayes, a 30-something single girl with an unhealthy obsession with the Regency world of Jane Austen. In a last-ditch bid to get this out of her system, »

- Damon Wise

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