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

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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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Trivia

If you look closely at the coffee cups during the first meeting at Starbucks you can see the characters names written on the cups. The most obvious is Prudie's. See more »

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Jocelyn says she looks for a book at bookstores on State Street; there is no State Street in Sacramento or its suburbs. See more »

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Sylvia Avila: I was thinking just this morning about this book club we're in, Allegra and me. The first meeting was right after we separated, 'cause Allegra had just moved in. And I was realizing how different I feel. I don't think I'm the same woman that you left.
Daniel Avila: I can see that. I so see that.
Sylvia Avila: Well, it's probably the same for you. I guess that's what happens when you let go. We did a good job taking things apart. I'm kinda proud of us.
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References Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) See more »

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New Shoes
Written by Paolo Nutini, James Duguid and Mathew Benbrook
Performed by Paolo Nutini
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A brilliant and emotional film
18 May 2010 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I don't know if this is one of the best films I have seen. But this is certainly one of the most intelligent. films based on books (and I'm referring to Austen books, I didn't read the novel it's based upon) tend to be irritating, often insulting the original books and the intelligence of their readers. when the film tries to stay "loyal", in many occasions it is nothing but a poor shadow of the original book.

This film is nothing of this sort. Those who made it really loved and understood Jane Austen (and literature in general). Anyone of admires her books will find in this movie lots to think about. And still, it is also a movie, with beautiful and interesting characters, none of them is made ridiculous or flat.

Small movie, but worth every second of watching.


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