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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

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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.

Director:

Robin Swicord

Writers:

Robin Swicord (screenplay), Karen Joy Fowler (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ned Hosford ... Waiter
Hugh Dancy ... Grigg
Messy Stench Messy Stench ... Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket Chris Burket ... Skydive Instructor
Parisa Fitz-Henley ... Corinne
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Six months. Six novels. Six members. [DVD] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jane Austen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,719, 28 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,573,870, 16 December 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Dean is seen heading off to the NBA playoffs in early spring (March). In reality they begin in late April and continue through June. See more »

Quotes

Allegra: Why does she have to speak in French?
Jocelyn: And if so, couldn't she do it in France, where it's less noticeable?
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So Sorry
Written by Leslie Feist and Mocky (as Dominic Salole)
Performed by Leslie Feist (as Feist)
Courtesy of Universal Music Division Polydor (Fr)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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12 December 2007 | by david-beukesSee all my reviews

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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