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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 October 2007 (USA)
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The website address www.laughing-allegra.com written on Allegra's jewelry-kit-box (which she brought to the first meeting of the book club at Starbucks) actually links to the official site of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dean is washing his truck the soap suds keep vanishing and re-appearing. See more »

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Editor: Dear Ms. Corrine Mahern, we regret that we must decline to publish the three short stories you sent to us. 'Benny's Basketball' is strong narratively, but the depiction of your penis-waving retarded boy felt a little unkind. And isn't the title 'Separating Eggs For Flan' a bit obvious as a metaphor for your parents' divorce? Yet we confess that 'Skydiver' puzzled us most. Why would a beautiful, self-centered young lesbian jump out of a plane?
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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 »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 6 October 2007 (2007) See more »

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You're All I Have
Written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Johnny Quinn (as Jonathan Quinn)
Performed by Snow Patrol
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great, wonderful, terrific
11 October 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Had not seen any publicity for this film so had no idea what to expect but what a breath of fresh air this film is. An amazing ensemble cast. Really hits the right balance in all ways.

It could have been a soppy Chick flick but turned out to be an intelligent and thoughtful piece of writing which the actors carried off brilliantly. Can't wait for another one by this collaboration of producers and director. Bravo.

This does not fit into any one genre I don't think. That is one of the things I enjoyed about this movie. It wasn't romance, comedy or drama but had all of those elements.


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