Austenland (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.

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Twilight author Stephanie Meyer makes her first foray into film producing with this romantic comedy about a 30-something woman whose lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen lead her to an eccentric theme park based on the author's writings, and into the company of a handsome young suitor. For as long as she can remember, Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) has treasured the writings of the author behind such literary classics as Emma, and Pride & Prejudice. For years, Jane had been stashing away funds in hopes that someday she would be able to afford a trip to Austenland - a place where the die-hard fan can be completely immersed in the elegant world of the beloved author. When Jane finally manages to save up enough, she excitedly packs her bags and books a room. Upon arriving, Jane quickly discovers that Austenland is everything she had ever imagined. Every detail is exquisite, save for one small exception: Jane's limited funds mean that she can't enjoy the same luxury experience as the other, wealthier bachelorettes who currently populate Austenland, but she decides to make the most of her trip regardless. Later, when Jane falls into a romance with a dashing young servant, a lifetime of dreams suddenly begin to come true. Jane Seymour, James Callis, and Jennifer Coolidge co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for some suggestive content and innuendo)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Keri Russell
as Jane Hayes
J.J. Feild
as Henry Nobley
Bret McKenzie
as Martin
Jennifer Coolidge
as Miss Elizabeth Charming
Georgia King
as Lady Amelia Heartwright
Jane Seymour
as Mrs. Wattlesbrook
Rupert Vansittart
as Mr. Wattlesbrook
James Callis
as Col. Andrews
Ricky Whittle
as Captain George East
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Critic Reviews for Austenland

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (31)

The acting throughout falls into two registers; pantomime mugging for most of the cast, while the romantic leads, Russell and Feild, look so ill at ease that you pity them.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

It's tentative in its intentions and afraid to push all the way with its premise. It is not sharp enough as a comedy, and when it tries to shift gears and become a romance, it is unconvincing in its machinations.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes of "Austenland" but can't wipe out all regrets for what might have been.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time.

Full Review… | September 2, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Austenland

½

Any nerdy girl worth her salt has sat at home on a Friday night and watched an Austen marathon on the couch, dreaming about their Colonel Brandon or Mr. Darcy. (Not that I know this from experience, mind you.) In this Keri Russell vehicle she plays Jane, an obsessed Austen fan who wants some romance in her life, instead of the slew of guys she's previously dated. In true Austenian fashion, Jane travels halfway across the world to stay at an exclusive manor in England, where she lives the life of an Austen heroine (most likely Fanny Price). Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/21/austenland

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

This film is a lot of fun for the inner geek/romantic. Russell doesn't quite gel for as a character smitten with Jane Austin and Coolidge, while funny, is a bit too forced and frequent to sit right. JJ Feild is marvelous for his role. The plot doesn't quite make sense, but it's all good fun and thoroughly enjoyable.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Keri Russell stars in the satirical comedy Austenland. The story follows a young woman obsessed with the works of Jane Austen, who takes a vacation to a cottage retreat where she gets to live out a Jane Austen style adventure. Russell gives a great performance and has good chemistry with her co-stars. Additionally, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour make for a strong supporting cast. Still, the writing is a little weak and the plot doesn't always seem like it knows where it's going. But, despite its ups and downs Austenland is fun and entertaining.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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