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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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$3,334,613.00
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Cast

Kathy Baker
as Bernadette
Maria Bello
as Jocelyn
Emily Blunt
as Prudie
Amy Brenneman
as Sylvia
Hugh Dancy
as Grigg
Maggie Grace
as Allegra
Lynn Redgrave
as Mama Sky
Jimmy Smits
as Daniel
Gwendoline Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Gwendolyn Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Ed Brigadier
as Pastor
Catherine Schreiber
as Academic Woman
Ned Hosford
as Waiter
Messy Stench
as Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket
as Skydive Instructor
Myndy Crist
as Lynne
Graham Norris
as Editor
Kurt Bryant
as Rocknasium Instructor
Russ Jones
as Parent
Michelle Ewin
as Very Young Nurse
Miguel Nájera
as Señor Obando
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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (34)

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

Worth attending.

October 8, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The real disappointment is the paint-by-numbers flatness of the contemporary stories and characters; it's hard to care much about Sylvia and Prudie with Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse hovering in the wings.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This marvelously intelligent romantic comedy will captivate even those who don't know or care much about Austen, although there's undeniably an extra layer of pure delight to be found if you do.

October 5, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Unlike so many chick flicks that celebrate female solidarity as a concept without ever making us feel it, The Jane Austen Book Club is convincingly feminist in a nonpolitical way.

October 5, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The film has an undeniable, easygoing charm. Real life is seldom so pleasingly plotted, but then real life is what people go to movies like this to get away from.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Jane Austen Book Club

½

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
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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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