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Austenland (2013)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 27 September 2013 (UK)
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Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Director:

Jerusha Hess

Writers:

Jerusha Hess (screenplay), Shannon Hale (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Jane Hayes
JJ Feild ... Mr. Henry Nobley
Bret McKenzie ... Martin
Jennifer Coolidge ... Miss Elizabeth Charming
James Callis ... Colonel Andrews
Georgia King ... Lady Amelia Heartwright
Rupert Vansittart ... Mr. Wattlesbrook
Ricky Whittle ... Captain East
Jane Seymour ... Mrs. Wattlesbrook
Ayda Field ... Molly
Ruben Crow ... Chad
Demetri Goritsas ... Jimmy
Parker Sawyers ... Alexander
Sarah Niles ... Delilah
Anne Gould Anne Gould ... Patience (as Annie Gould)
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Storyline

Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla ricerca di Jane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,662, 18 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,151,202, 20 December 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Austenland was filmed at West Wycombe Park near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and was first built for Sir Francis Dashwood. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Nobley rescues Jane from the rainstorm by placing her on his horse during a torrential downpour, the rain is gone as they start to gallop away, the sun is shining, and everything is dry. Even with England's very changeable weather, this scenario would have been impossible. See more »

Quotes

Miss Elizabeth Charming: [after stealing Amelia Heartwright's dresses] Heartwright had millions of them. She's as dumb as a light post. She'll never notice.
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Connections

References Pride and Prejudice (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
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Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
Performed by Jennifer Coolidge
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Great Fun. Remarkable Directorial Debut.
19 January 2013 | by baho2See all my reviews

I saw this Austenland premiere at Sundance yesterday and I was thoroughly entertained. While not a completely original romcom premise, there is enough that is fresh in the storyline to keep you engaged, and at one point even with a whodunit flair.

Director Jerusha Hess (co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) has a really remarkable debut. The movie is smart, funny and paces nicely. Keri Russell is at her girl-next-door best, but Jennifer Coolidge feels like she has been cut loose to reveal her outrageous, campy silliness in all its splendor, and Brett McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords fame) is surprisingly believable and impossible not to like as mostly a straight man. I expect this performance will catapult McKenzie's acting career. Other cast members, including J.J. Field and Jane Seymour, are solid.

Most of the cast was at the premiere and came on stage for the Q&A. Now many casts at Sundance say they enjoyed making the movie, but you could tell there was something different with this group. They sounded like the REALLY HAD FUN. McKenzie was hilarious live (something few actors are) and I only wish Coolidge had been there. Their enthusiasm was certainly buoyed by just having seen the movie for the first time and I'm sure being surprised by how well it turned out. But also, quite a credit to Hess to create an environment where good spirits flow. The positive energy definitely found its way to the screen.

I had the good fortune to run into Jerusha Hess in the parking lot afterward. She seems like a very genuine and engaging woman. I expect she will be highly sought-after from here out. A new Nora Ephron. In fact, there was something about this movie that reminded me a little of Mixed Nuts.


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