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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 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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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 »

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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Prudie Drummond: Being the only child of a woman who gave birth in a commune after changing her name to Skygirl, I've come to loath hippie-handie crafts.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Jane Austen in California
8 October 2007 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) was directed by Robin Swicord, who also wrote the screenplay. Thanks to movie adaptations--some great, some so-so--Jane Austen has found a wider audience than she could ever have guessed. Now, second-generation books and films are being made about Austen and her novels. "The Jane Austen Book Club" is one of these.

The premise of the film is simple but irresistible. Six Californians decide to get together once a month to discuss each one of Austen's six novels in turn. The group has some cohesiveness--most of the people are friends, and the group includes a mother and her daughter. However, there is a newcomer--a young man--who is not familiar with Austen, but is charming enough, and eager enough, to be accepted because the group lacks a sixth member.

All of the women are in a lesser or greater crisis at some point in the movie, and the film intertwines their problems with the problems faced by Austen's heroines. The parallel is apt enough--the women, like Austen's heroines, are attractive and reasonably comfortable financially. Most of their problems center around love, or lack of love, which, again, follows Austen's plots.

There's a problem with the movie--every one of the main characters is extremely attractive. Surely, there must be some average-appearing women and men in the Sacramento area. One of the actors--Emily Blunt-- is so beautiful that it's hard to believe she's real. It's also hard to believe that she would have married--and would stay with--her insensitive lout of a husband. (I've never seen Blunt in a film before. When I checked her images in Google, she just looked like one more very attractive young actor. In this movie, she's other-worldly.) I would have liked the movie more if some of the characters had the appearance of people you meet in the real world.

The film will work better if you know Jane Austen's novels and characters. However, even if you don't, "The Jane Austen Book Club" is still worth seeing. Incidentally, it's not a chick-flick. I don't see why men would like the movie any less then women. It's a good film for anyone who likes to read and likes to think.


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