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The Jane Austen Book Club -- 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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Robin Swicord (screenplay)
Karen Joy Fowler (book)
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You don't have to know the books to be in the club. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Maria Bello ... Jocelyn

Emily Blunt ... Prudie

Kathy Baker ... Bernadette

Amy Brenneman ... Sylvia

Maggie Grace ... Allegra

Jimmy Smits ... Daniel

Ed Brigadier ... Pastor

Kevin Zegers ... Trey

Marc Blucas ... Dean

Catherine Schreiber ... Academic Woman
Ned Hosford ... Waiter

Hugh Dancy ... Grigg
Messy Stench ... Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket ... Skydive Instructor

Parisa Fitz-Henley ... Corinne

Lynn Redgrave ... Mama Sky

Stephanie Denise Griffin ... Mediator

Myndy Crist ... Lynne

Graham Norris ... Editor
Kurt Bryant ... Rocknasium Instructor

Russ Jones ... Parent

Michelle Ewin ... Very Young Nurse

Gwendoline Yeo ... Dr. Samantha Yep

Nancy Travis ... Cat

Miguel Nájera ... Señor Obando
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos A. Aragon ... Long-Haired Waiter (uncredited)
Jenna Burgland ... Chloe Bauer (uncredited)
Alec Clawson ... Bag Pipin Piper (uncredited)
Jay Krueger ... School Bus Driver (uncredited)
Julie Lynn ... Woman with Shades at Bus Stop (uncredited)
Sybil Martinez ... Sally Wong (uncredited)

Jonathan McCoy ... Man in Grey Car (uncredited)

Mary Newman ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
John Portnoy ... Man Drinking Coffee in Car (uncredited)

Shaifali Ratti ... Karen Bhave (uncredited)
Martin Salgo ... Pizza Delivery Guy (uncredited)
Tom Skapars ... Male Nurse (uncredited)

Kara R. Stribling ... Rollerblader (uncredited)

Robin Swicord ... Woman with Blue Shirt at Bus Stop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robin Swicord 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robin Swicord (screenplay)

Karen Joy Fowler (book)

Produced by
John Calley .... producer
Julie Lynn .... producer
Jonathan McCoy .... line producer
Lisa Medwid .... associate producer
Diana Napper .... producer
Marshall Rose .... executive producer
Kelly Thomas .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
 
Cinematography by
John Toon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Maryann Brandon 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith  (as Jennifer Smith)
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Rusty Smith 
 
Art Direction by
Sebastian Schroder  (as Sebastian Schroeder)
 
Set Decoration by
Meg Everist 
 
Costume Design by
Johnetta Boone 
 
Makeup Department
Debra Coleman .... makeup artist
Daniel Curet .... hair department head
Kimberly Felix .... key makeup artist (as Kim Felix-Burke)
Rudolfo Icezalaya Hernandez .... additional hair stylist
Marie Larkin .... key hair stylist
Sian Richards .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Jonathan McCoy .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julian Brain .... second second assistant director
Paula Case .... additional second second assistant director
Vincent Lascoumes .... first assistant director
Christophe Le Chanu .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jory Alvarado .... lead man
Yumi Arai .... art department intern
Omar Cruz .... on-set dresser
Chris Eguia .... property master: title montage unit
Lisa Fiorito .... art department production assistant
Valerie Green .... art director: title montage unit
Melina Kanitz .... art department intern
Mark Kudra .... on-set dresser (as Mark R. Kudra)
C.J. Maguire .... property master
John McElroy .... assistant property master (as John H. McElroy)
Wendy Means .... art department coordinator (as Wendy Stanton)
Victor Mendez .... swing gang
James Pollack .... swing gang
Jennifer R. Blair .... art department coordinator: pre-production (uncredited)
Lucie Bourgeau .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Jaudi Negri .... set dresser (uncredited)
Eric Reichardt .... lead scenic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Michael J. Benavente .... supervising sound editor
Sean Byrnes .... additional boom operator
Sean Byrnes .... sound utility
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Sam Crutcher)
Craig A. Dellinger .... sound editor (as Craig Dellinger)
Peter J. Devlin .... sound mixer (as Peter Devlin)
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Tricia Linklater .... assistant sound editor
David Raymond .... boom operator
Kyle Rochlin .... foley recordist
Steven Ticknor .... sound re-recording mixer (as Steve Ticknor)
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
David Weisberg .... adr mixer
Tom Caton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Elizabeth Rainey .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Cline .... special effects technician
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Jason Anderson .... interactive compositing coordinator: SPI
Shannan Burkley .... digital matte painter: SPI
Govardhan Das .... lead roto artist: SPI (as Govardhan)
A.B. Govardhan .... roto lead: Imageworks India (as Govardhan Bakthavachalam)
James P. Noon .... tracking
Sandesh Ramdev .... roto artist
Shobanbabu .... cg supervisor
Prateep Siamwalla .... tracking
David Taritero .... senior visual effects producer: SPI
Matthew Thomas .... production services technician: SPI
Carey Villegas .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Xye .... tracking
Bhoopathy Yuvarajan .... rotoscope artist: SPII
Dhiraj Brahma .... roto artist (uncredited)
Sankarasubramanian .... roto artist: imageworks india (uncredited)
Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: Maggie Grace
Robert A. Caster .... stunts: skydiving
Clint Clawson .... stunts: skydiving
Melanie Conatser Peschio .... stunts: skydiving
Brett A. Jones .... stunts (as Brett Jones)
Craig O'Brien .... stunts: skydiving
Scott E. Smith .... stunt coordinator: skydiving (as Scott Smith)
Scott E. Smith .... stunts: skydiving (as Scott Smith)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Prarthna Arias .... video assist operator
David Ariniello .... dolly grip
Randy Babchuck .... set lighting technician
Greg Baldi .... director of photography: title montage unit
James Barker .... best boy electric
James Barker .... best boy electric: title montage unit
Sam Barker .... set lighting technician (as Samuel Barker)
Edward C. Bartel II .... set lighting technician (as Ed Bartel II)
Katie Bogner .... camera loader
Faith Brewer .... camera operator: title montage unit
Chris Burket .... additional second assistant camera
Shane Buttle .... set lighting technician
Brian Cantrell .... set lighting technician
Kevin Chickanis .... best boy grip: title montage unit
Chris Cline .... video assist operator
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana .... key rigging grip (as Dhamarata 'G' Dhiensuwana)
Louie Escobar .... best boy rigger (as Louis Escobar)
Camille Freer .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Daniel H. Goldstein .... set lighting technician (as Dan Goldstein)
Cory Gunter .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Keith A. Hascher .... electrical intern (as Keith Hascher)
Darry Herrington .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, title montage unit (as Darrell Herrington)
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator
Vessie Kazachka .... camera loader
Nicholas Gerard Klein .... company grip (as Nicholas Klein)
Darin Krask .... second assistant camera
Bill Layton .... camera operator: "c" camera
Rebecca Lipman .... epk cinematographer
Emily Mackley .... first assistant camera (as Emily Nagel)
Denis Moran .... camera operator: "c" camera (as Denis Muran)
Keiko Nakahara .... electric intern: title montage unit
Keiko Nakahara .... electrical intern
David C. Negrin .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as David Negrin)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Pat O'Mara .... key grip
Pat O'Mara .... key grip: title montage unit
George A. Olson Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as George Olson)
David Parker .... best boy grip
David Parker .... best boy grip: title montage unit
Tim Phelps .... gaffer
Tim Phelps .... gaffer: title montage unit
Nicholas Rini .... company grip
William Robinson .... first assistant camera: title montage unit (as Bill Robinson)
Eric W. Smith .... camera loader
Penny Sprague .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Anthony Tellez .... company grip
Anthony Widmer .... company grip (as Tony Widmer)
Jay Pope .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dawn Marie Deibert .... extras casting (as Dawn Deibert)
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Rich King .... extras casting
Georgia Simon .... adr voice casting
Erin Toner .... casting associate
Kean Cronin .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Myles Davis .... costume buyer
Lorenzo Hearns Jr. .... key costumer
Angela Ledgerwood .... costume intern
Ellen Ryba .... costume supervisor
Miriam Schulman .... designer: artificial jewelry
Jean Stender Swicord .... consultant: knitting
Earl Tanchuck .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Joanna Adler .... post-production coordinator
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Company 3
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technician: Company 3
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
David Feldman .... digital intermediate on-line producer: Company 3
Jennifer Godin .... post-production coordinator (as Jenn Godin)
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate account executive: Company 3
Mark T. Osborne .... digital intermediate colorist: Company 3 (as Mark Osborne)
Julian Smirke .... first assistant editor
Royce Smith .... lab timer
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer: Company 3
Anthony Motta .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
Jorge Tanaka .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Barklie K. Griggs .... music supervisor
Michael Stern .... music score mixer
Michael Stern .... music score recordist
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer
 
Transportation Department
Martin C. Alvillar .... driver (as Marty C. Alvillar)
Luis Arroyo .... driver
Drew Barnett-Hamilton .... transportation clerk
Robin Bishop .... driver
Chris Faiella .... driver
D'Aldo Fazzone .... driver
Rick Fese Jr. .... driver (as Rick Fese)
Sandra Freeman .... driver: title montage unit (as Sandy Freeman)
Geno Hart .... transportation consultant
Chris Haynes .... driver
Jay Krueger .... driver
Ned LaGrotta .... driver: title montage unit
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver (as Ron Linxwiler)
Marc Lipman .... driver
Robert McKee .... driver
Michael O'Grady .... driver (as Mike O'Grady)
Peter Ortega .... driver
Fidel Pean .... driver
John Pellegrino .... transportation captain (as John 'JR' Pellegrino)
Armando Santana .... driver
Tim Schau .... driver
Anthony Sorrentino .... driver
John F. Teeple .... driver
Luis F. Velandia .... driver
Ronald Wayne Yakshe .... transportation co-captain (as Ronald W. Yakshe)
Sergio Zarate .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carlos A. Aragon .... location manager (as Carlos Antonio Aragon)
Bettina Browne .... animal trainer
Emerson E. Bruns .... legal services
Ernesto Chincgillas .... additional chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering (as Ernesto Chinchillas)
Sarah Clifford .... animal trainer
Aidan Orion Crawford .... assistant: Hugh Dancy (as Aiden Crawford)
Bryan Daley .... production intern
Tad Driscoll .... production accountant
Angel Estrada .... additional chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher
Peter Flanigan .... legal services
Jesse Grillo .... location aide
Erica Hagen .... assistant: John Calley
Rebecca Hall .... assistant: Maria Bello
Jason Halley .... set production assistant (as Jason 'Hippy' Halley)
Lori Hironaka .... assistant: Robin Swicord
Jeff Hunt .... production office assistant
Paul Jaconi-Biery .... production coordinator
Lindsey Kaiser .... production assistant: title montage unit
Lindsey Kaiser .... production intern
Shea Kammer .... key first assistant accountant
Melissa Lambert .... assistant: Amy Brenneman
Eloy Lara .... set medic (as Eloy Lara Jr.)
Monica M. Lecusay .... production intern (as Monica Lecusay)
Scott Levine .... set production assistant
Samantha Luu .... production assistant: title montage unit
Liana Maeby .... accounting clerk
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Scott Menville .... adr loop group
Richard Miro .... adr loop group
Bob Neill .... adr loop group
Eric Petersen .... assistant location manager
Jacqueline Pinol .... adr loop group
Juan Pope .... adr loop group
John Portnoy .... title designer: end title layout
Jose Prieto .... chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Michelle Ruff .... adr loop group
Martin Salgo .... production secretary
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Megan Schmidt .... set production assistant
Justin Shenkarow .... adr loop group
Georgia Simon .... adr loop group
Tom Skapars .... assistant: Robin Swicord
Scott E. Smith .... provider: skydiving footage (as Scott Smith)
Kelly Stables .... adr loop group
Linda Stanley .... additional studio teacher
Karen Strassman .... adr loop group
Scott Trimble .... key assistant location manager
Andrew Turner .... assistant: Emily Blunt
Peter Vogel .... assistant production coordinator
Alma Weaks .... craft service
Robert S. Wilhelm Jr. .... key set production assistant (as Bobby S. Wilhelm Jr.)
Byll Williams Bird .... location manager: title montage unit
Tami Zamberg .... production intern
Lisa Marie Boiko .... choreographer (uncredited)
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier (uncredited)
Claire Doré .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Charles Heaphy .... production financing (uncredited)
Jason Jancosek .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Trimble .... location scout (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Prudie confronts her flirting husband in the hotel room, his shirt is unbuttoned but closed as he puts his hands on his hips. In a split second, it flies open, exposing full uncovered chest.See more »
Quotes:
Jocelyn:I'm warning you, if Grigg starts making little remarks, I'm gonna walk out.
Bernadette:You two just keep it together for one more book.
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151 out of 168 people found the following review useful.
One half the world does not understand the pleasures of the other...., 25 September 2007
Author: Karen (surreyhill) from Oxford, PA

Let's get one thing out of the way, first. This IS largely a chick-flick, although many men who go to see it are likely to get caught up in at least one of the subplots. The litmus test is Love, Actually--if you enjoyed that movie, and are a man, I imagine you'll like this one as well. There are several attractive females, some lesbian domestic affection scenes handled with remarkable matter-of-factness, and the film (and novel) handles the male characters gently and with love.

But it is a movie that with primary appeal to two groups--chicks and Jane Austen devotees, including the male ones. Are there enough of these to make a movie a success? Yes, there are.

Jane Austen's work stays current because she wrote about timeless themes--how do you choose the best person to marry? Is love enough, or even required for lifelong contentment? How do you deal with difficult or embarrassing family members? How best to handle a family crisis? How do you learn to tell true friends and quality persons from those who are perhaps flashy and amusing, but will end up betraying your friendship and trust or, heaven forfend, tempting you to abandon your own principles? Whether you live in the age of Blackberries and Hybrid SUV's, or the age of sealing wax and barouches, every person comes smack up against many or most of these vexing problems throughout their lives.

The conceit of this movie and the book it is based upon is that a shared love and appreciation of the works of Jane Austen can provide the currency through the exchange of which modern women (and a few selected men) can confront, share, and come to better understand their personal challenges and in the process, form bonds of friendship or even romance. The strength of this movie is that even if you have a tough time with that conceit, you will still enjoy the humor of it, and the strong performances. It's pleasant to watch, like curling up with a favorite book and a frothy cup of chocolate. It is true to Jane—no explosions, the villains aren't completely evil, the primary problems of the characters stem from incomplete or willfully-faulty understanding of themselves and those around them, there is no melodrama or Gothic touches except of the parody sort, and the lone death happens off screen.

I have this weird little theory about why P&P is the MOST beloved of all of Austen's books. Sure, Darcy is a smoldering hunk of tightly-controlled passion and Lizzie is as spirited and intelligent a heroine as ever nanced through a foot of mud to get to the bedside of an ailing sister, but that's not it.

In all the other Austen pairings, you had a sense that they were pairings which would truly happen in real life because deep down we know nothing has really changed from Austen's day--women's beauty and youth and social standing is factored into a certain equation which determines how handsome, wealthy, charming, accomplished, or respected a man she is able to aspire to. In no case, other than P&P, does this basic equation get violated. Lady Catherine De Bourg had it right. A shocking match, indeed! The Lizzie/Darcy romance, therefore, is the lone Cinderella story, and don't give me Edmund and Fanny, as Edmund was a younger son most in need of a virtuous wife who wouldn't ever embarrass him and was never laid out as a man of wildly attractive appearance while virtuous Fanny's looks were improved enough to attract the flirtatious Henry Crawford.

So, we women, all of us, are madly in love with P&P precisely because it is the ultimate fantasy of this amazing guy who will love us JUST FOR OUR QUICK WIT, GOOD HEART, and FINE EYES. There are no Mr. Darcy's, just like there are no characters of the sort commonly played by John Cusack, so get over it, already. There is possibly a Mr. Rochester, but remember, he had a crazy wife locked in the attic, a creepy housekeeper, an insipid ward, a bit of a sarcastic streak, and was once played on screen by a pudgy Orson Wells. In other words, a lot of baggage. And he still wasn't able to be brought up to scratch by Plain Jane Eyre until his fine big house had been burned down, his eyes put out, and his arm messed up. Now THAT is reality.

It is true in real life that single dog breeders can, and do, meet nice men and fall in love and maybe even get married. It is also true that nice, handsome, heterosexual men join book clubs*.

But this movie serves up impossibly cute Hugh Dancy in the role of an implausibly unattached, adorably geeky Grigg Harris who loves reading, older women, and can dance gracefully despite being too clumsy to artfully sip a cocktail. The statistical probability of such an attractive and unspoiled man (one who admits he is willing to be "directed") like this joining your book club and then actually wanting to develop a romantic relationship with an unattached woman older than himself is approximately the same as seeing one of the Dragonriders of Pern barnstorming over an Iowa cornfield.

In the RL JABC, Grigg would be gay and Allegra would be straight and Bernadette would be queuing up for the Early Bird Special at Cracker Barrel. And your cheating ex-spouse, Jimmy Smits, ain't never coming back, and if he did, it would be after a series of weepy drunken whiny pathetic phone calls at 3am. There will be no "letter". This movie is a little bit cruel to imply otherwise.

But that's OK. The world would be a very unkind place without at least the notion of dragons and rocketships, Darcys and Griggs. And that is why we loved it.

*with wife.

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