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The year is 1795 and young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is a feisty twenty-year-old and emerging writer who already sees a world beyond class and commerce, beyond pride and prejudice, and dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable, marrying for love. Naturally, her parents are searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing. They are eyeing Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox), nephew to the very formidable, not to mention very rich, local aristocrat Lady Gresham (Dame Maggie Smith), as a prospective match. But when Jane meets the roguish and decidedly non-aristocratic Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), sparks soon fly along with the sharp repartee. His intellect and arrogance raise her ire, then knock her head over heels. Now, the couple, whose flirtation flies in the face of the sense and sensibility of the age, is faced with a terrible dilemma. If they attempt to marry, they will risk everything that matters - family, friends, and fortune.Written by
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At the stagecoach inn where Jane and Lefroy are having drinks, Jane puts down on the table a nearly full glass of wine. After a couple of cuts, the camera pulls back and she stands to leave; the glass on the table is empty, without her having touched it again. See more »
Great Supporting Cast but disappointing rendition and miscast of Jane
Big disappointment. I guess I'll have to watch Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility again to remind myself how great Jane Austen REALLY was. This version is so loosely based on Jane Austen's life - full of undocumented speculation that it seems unfair to capitalize on Jane Austen's name. If you want to know what really happened, look up her bio, don't rely on this movie. The supporting cast is terrific, especially James McAvoy and Julie Waters (as always). In my opinion however, Anne Hathaway lacked the charisma for this role. She was not interesting enough to make me care about her character or believe she had imagination enough to write a letter, let alone the works of Jane Austen! I guess I am in the minority but I found her to be without depth, wimpy and boring. I think Jane was such an important historical and literary contributor, poor casting of her pivotal role and a script based on speculation, ruined the movie for me.
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