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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.


Robin Swicord


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

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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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You don't have to know the books to be in the club. See more »


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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Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jane Austen See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,719, 28 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,573,870, 16 December 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real volume of the complete works of Jane Austen was more expensive than the production could afford to buy. Instead, a volume of Shakespeare plays with a fake cover was used. Hugh Dancy was reading these and he says in the DVD commentary that he got all the way through the histories and tragedies during the shoot. See more »


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 »


Grigg Harris: One day, I'm like 10 years old, my dad takes me back to the shed and he shows me some magazines that he keeps back there. He says, "This is strictly guy stuff. It's top secret. Very private. Tell no one."
[he shows a sci-fi magazine and laughs]
Grigg Harris: So from then on... It was like... I don't know... It's like me and my dad and science fiction. These were the first books I fell in love with, and I never got over it.
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User Reviews

Pleasant; Characters and Resolution Did Not Convince, Engage or Arouse Feeling
2 July 2008 | by Danusha_GoskaSee all my reviews

"The Jane Austen Book Club" was a pleasant movie, one I didn't mind watching once but would not want to watch again. There were a couple of very good lines, and the actors are all, without exception, fine. Production values are high.

The characters and resolution didn't convince or engage me, though. I just did not believe, at any point, that these were real people. I especially did not believe the final scene. "He ended up with her? I don't think so," was what I kept thinking. I didn't believe the final couplings, and I did not care.

I had the same problem with this movie that I had with the book on which it was based. Both book and movie felt like writerly exercises to me. I felt as if the writer, Karen Joy Fowler, got this neato schematic idea in her writing class, "Aha! A book club of bourgeois people who read Jane Austen and fall in love!" and went about filling in the pieces of that puzzle without ever investing any of the characters with real human warmth.

One characterization stands out, though. Emily Blunt as a depressive woman with a bad mother, a mediocre marriage, and a temptation to do very bad things, creates a moody air all by herself. It's as if she came in from the set of a daring indy movie. I hope she's given chances in the future to live up to the promise she shows here.

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