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
In Allegra's hospital room during the Sense & Sensibility book club meeting, she is wearing the purple scarf that Bernadette is seen knitting during the Emma and Mansfield Park book club meetings. See more »
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 »
How's Sylvia doing without Daniel?
She's still stuck in the wounded stage. When she's ready for anger, I'm so there.
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The credits are displayed next to behind-the-scenes stills of the cast and crew during the production process. See more »
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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