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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though at times formulaic and sentimental, Jane Austen Book Club succeeds on the strength of its likable ensemble cast. Even those not familiar with Jane Austen's work may find much to enjoy this lighthearted romance.

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As five women and one enigmatic man meet to discuss the works of Jane Austen, they find their love lives playing out in a 21st century version of her novels. Sylvia, is shocked when her husband Daniel, leaves her after 20 plus years and three children. Jocelyn, her unmarried best friend, distracts herself from her unacknowledged loneliness by breeding dogs. Prudie is a young French teacher, in possession of a worthy husband yet distracted by persistent fantasies about sex with another man. The many times married Bernadette develops a yearning for one more chance at happiness. Beautiful, risk-taking Allegra, Sylvia and Daniel's lesbian daughter, has quit talking to her lover. And Grigg, a young science fiction fan and computer whiz, seems horribly both out of place and obliviously at ease as the only man to be invited into the book circle.more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robin Swicord
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2008
Box Office: $3.3M
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Kathy Baker
as Bernadette
Maria Bello
as Jocelyn
Maggie Grace
as Allegra
Lynn Redgrave
as Mama Sky
Gwendoline Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Gwendolyn Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Catherine Schreiber
as Academic Woman
Messy Stench
as Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket
as Skydive Instructor
Kurt Bryant
as Rocknasium Instructo...
Russ Jones
as Parent
Michelle Ewin
as Very Young Nurse
Miguel Nájera
as Señor Obando
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Critic Reviews for The Jane Austen Book Club

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36)

Just fine in a sentimental, mainstream kind of way. Although by constantly referencing Austen's sharp wit and characterisation, this can only ever come up short in comparison.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

...not a genre film but...deserves mention for portraying a character who is a fan of science-fiction but is not characterized as a hopeless geek...

Full Review… | March 10, 2009

A surprisingly successful, un-Hallmark-ified take on the traditional chick flick.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008

Austen wrote six novels and The Jane Austen Book Club is about six people who meet to discuss them over the course of six months. 666. Coincidence? I think not.

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
Film Freak Central

The Jane Austen Book Club is both a testament to Austen's continued relevance and a fine example of classroom particulars converted into entertaining banter without losing any oomph.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Colorado Springs Gazette

If you're prepared to sit through a lot of mediocrity in search of a few worthwhile moments and a couple of actors who rise above the material, then you might be satisfied.

Full Review… | February 20, 2008
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Jane Austen Book Club


Interesting how six members of the book club's lives play out over six months - one month for each of Jane Austen's books. I had two problems - 1) the movie was too predictable and 2) I would probably have rated it one more star if I had actually read Austen's books. I've only read one (P&P), and it hardly had a role in the movie at all.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Much like an actual Austen novel, a group of women are changed by their relationships, defined by their sex, and smart as whips. Good for any Austen aficionado, or at least someone who's seen one of the adapted films.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


I found this film so dumb. I found that the acting was not the best.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

The Jane Austen Book Club Quotes

Jocelyn: What would Jane do?
– Submitted by Pam A (4 years ago)

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