The Jane Austen Book Club

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2007

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Director:
Robin Swicord
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
The Jane Austen Book Club is a 2007 romantic comedy and drama directed by Robin Swicord. Based on a novel by Karen Joy Fowler, the film follows six women who decide to start a book club centered on the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into the witty and poignant books, the women are surprised and sometimes chagrined to find that the social commentary mirrors their own lives. Bernadette (Kathy Baker) is a maternal and enthusiastic divorcee who, in her 60s, has decided to focus on helping her friends get their lives in order. Jocelyn (Maria Bello) trains dogs for a living and insists that she is perfectly happy as a single woman. Sylvia (Amy Brenneman) is struggling through a painful divorce and depends on the emotional support of her daredevil daughter, Allegra (Maggie Grace). Prudie (Emily Blunt) is a restrained and neurotic young woman, trying to deal with her unpredictable mother (Lynn Redgrave) and an unsteady marriage. When Jocelyn realizes the group needs a sixth member, she recruits Grigg (Hugh Dancy), a young science-fiction fan who comes from a family filled with sisters. As the group meets each week, unexpected confessions start to come to light.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Such a well-acted, literate adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's 2004 best seller that your impulse is to forgive it for being the formulaic, feel-good chick flick that it is.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Swicord has a playful sense of humor and a good ear for dialogue, and the movie pleasantly accomplishes what it set out to accomplish.

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Cast is first-rate all around, unafraid to play up the annoying, insensitive or self-pitying aspects of their nonetheless likeable characters.

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