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Becoming Jane (2007)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  10 August 2007 (USA)
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A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.



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The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen is a feisty 20-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley, nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham, as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy, sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire - then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends and fortune. Written by Orange

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"A woman especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can." -Jane Austen See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jane  »

Box Office


$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£649,323 (UK) (9 March 2007)


$18,663,911 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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Did You Know?


Anne Hathaway learned to play the piano and worked with a dialect coach for the preparation of this movie. See more »


At the end of the film, in a dolly shot showing Lefroy's back, Jane closes the book and puts her hands on it. Then after Lefroy begins to applaud, in the final closeup shot, she closes that book again. See more »


Jane Austen: Could I really have this?
Tom Lefroy: What, precisely?
Jane Austen: You.
Tom Lefroy: Me, how?
Jane Austen: This life with you.
Tom Lefroy: Yes.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/The Killers (2008) See more »


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Enjoyable Tale
17 April 2007 | by (Worcester, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I knew very little about this film before I went to see it - I think the trailer was the sum total of what I had heard. Now, I know very little about Jane Austen or her life so am considering Becoming Jane simply as a film loosely based on/inspired by her life.

The film tells the story of a young woman, Jane, who refuses to marry purely for money and embarks on writing to support herself rather than relying on a husband.

The story is well told, with excellent performances all round (especially Anne Hathaway and the always brilliant James Cromwell). The pace is maybe a little slow at times and Jane herself can be rather annoying and contradictory but that simply shows the flaws of human nature rather than being a criticism of the film per se.

Visually the film was stunning. Brilliant scenery, excellent costumes. All used to great effect to enhance the film without ever becoming overpowering or distracting from the story.

Overall, this was an enjoyable film, if not up there with Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility in my opinion. Well worth a watch (unless you are going to be annoyed by every little inaccuracy) but probably not worth adding to the DVD collection.

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