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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  5 October 2007 (USA)
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Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.

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Explores Austen's adage that general incivility is at love's essence. Sylvia's husband dumps her for another woman, so Bernadette and Jocelyn organize a book club to distract her. They recruit Sylvia's daughter Allegra; Prudie, a young teacher whose marriage may be on the rocks; and Grigg, a sci-fi fan who joins out of attraction to Jocelyn. The six read and discuss one Austen novel per month. Jocelyn tries to interest Grigg in Sylvia; Allegra falls in love with a woman she meets skydiving; Prudie contemplates an affair with a student; Sylvia's ex keeps popping up. In the discussions, characters reveal themselves in their comments. By the end, are truths universally acknowledged? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Six months. Six novels. Six members. [DVD] See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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5 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Conociendo a Jane Austen  »

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£50,052 (UK) (16 November 2007)

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$3,573,870 (USA) (14 December 2007)
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Each cast member was required to read the said book they had to discuss in the picture. See more »

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At the first library fundraiser, one of the characters remarks about "all of Silicon Valley" having shown up. Silicon Valley is located in Santa Clara Valley, not Sacramento Valley. See more »

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Grigg Harris: Isn't physical attraction one of the ungovernable forces? You know, like gravity--that's what we like about it. Downhill, release the brakes, loosen the grip and then-- whoosh!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Getting Some Fun Out of Life
Written by Joseph Burke and Edgar Leslie
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
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12 December 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I like movies with spaceships in, preferably exploding at some point. Also shooting, sword fighting and violent death. Oh, and car chases. And if I can't have the above, then can there at least be some explicit sex please?

And yet I loved this movie.

I loved the nerdiness, I loved the intimacy, I loved watching it unfold exactly as you know it's going to. And the chemistry between Hugh Dancy and the gorgeous Maria Bello crackles off the screen.

I know, I know, you could level this movie without much effort. You wouldn't even need that big of a stick. But you find yourself not caring.

This film is pure pleasure, start to finish. I gladly relinquish one of my Man cards for saying that. I'm off to watch something with guns in to compensate, though.


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