The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

PG-13  |   |  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 <>

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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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Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jane Austen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$192,719 (USA) (28 September 2007)


$3,573,870 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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Kathy Baker was originally cast as Sky, Prudie's mother. See more »


In the opening titles montage, the $1 bill being rejected from the vending machine has a picture of someone other than George Washington. See more »


Grigg Harris: What about me? Am I your friend? Or am I just some widget to help you make Sylvia feel better about herself? Why did you invite me to be part of your book club? What went through your mind the first time you saw me? "There's a man who is dying to read every book Jane Austen ever wrote." Is that what you thought?
Jocelyn: No.
Grigg Harris: But I thought, "What a beautiful woman. I hope she looks over at me." I thought if I read your favorite books that you would read mine. But, no, no, no, no... You just want to be ...
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References Brigadoon (1954) See more »


So Sorry
Written by Leslie Feist and Mocky (as Dominic Salole)
Performed by Leslie Feist (as Feist)
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Never got into Austen, but the film still read well.
22 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This harmoniously concocted movie features as many 'novel' film making devices as it does Jane Austen novels. Although I have yet to read one Jane Austen novel -feeling like the odd one out during last night's Gala presentation at Cinefest- I very much enjoyed this movie. I think it will serve as a great conversation piece for not only movie goers, but also film and literature classes. However, it is nowhere near the likes of "Shakesphere In Love"... The acting in this film was overall good, but not great. Feist offers a nice track near the end of the movie, which was a nice surprise. Robin Swicord does a wonderful job directing her own screenplay.

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