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The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club
Actors: Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt
Director: Robin Swicord
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2008     1hr 46min

An all star cast joins acclaimed director/writer Robin Swicord (writer - Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha) in this critically acclaimed film Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find ...  more »

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Actors: Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt
Director: Robin Swicord
Creators: Robin Swicord, Diana Napper, John Calley, Jonathan McCoy, Julie Lynn, Kelly Thomas, Karen Joy Fowler
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/05/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Donna R. from CUSHING, OK
Reviewed on 7/5/2018...
The acting was good, but the movie was just so-so. Not as romantic as I would have liked, and not much comedy, so not really a romcom.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jan R. from UPLAND, IN
Reviewed on 10/4/2013...
Loved this CD - not smarmy, not too flimsy. Great movie for girls night...
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Charlene C. (mccoffield) from SOUTHLAKE, TX
Reviewed on 5/12/2011...
I liked this movie very much, enough to give it 4-1/2 stars. You certainly do not have to be a Jane Austen fan to like this movie, but I think it might boost your enjoyment of it. As implied by the title, the nucleus of the film revolves around the lives of the members of a book club formed to read the novels of Jane Austen. There are only a few book club scenes that address certain aspects of the novels; the story is really about the book club members, themselves - five women of varying ages and one young man.

This film is the directorial debut of Robin Swicord, who does an excellent job with it. It is by no means your typical blockbuster movie. It's a well done and well acted, more 'artsy' or film festival type production, with a cast of very tallented "character actors". There are only a handful of films that I have ever wanted to watch for the second time, immediately after first viewing it, but this was one of those. It's a feeling and thinking person's kind of film about realistic people.

0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 3/22/2011...
It's a fun and girly movie with a made-for-tv feel to it, which isn't a bad thing! I found that it was the perfect escape and just the right movie for the mood I was in. There's plenty of eye candy, too.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The Jane Austen Book Club
Michael Zuffa | Racine, WI United States | 10/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Five women and one man decide to start a book club, reading the works of Jane Austen. Bernadette (Baker), the organizer of the club, is a woman looking to add one more to her many marriages. Jocelyn (Bello) is single and happy with her dogs. Sylvia (Brenneman) is in a failing marriage to Daniel (Smits). Allegra (Grace) is their lesbian daughter. Prudie (Blunt) is unhappily married, and attracted to one of her students. Lastly, there is Grigg (Dancy), a science fiction fan who is in the club because he is interested in Jocelyn. Their lives all contain elements that echo Jane Austen's stories, so their choice of reading is appropriate.

"The Jane Austen Book Club" is a female bonding movie that will also appeal to fans of Jane Austen. The acting is capable, but nothing outstanding. There is a little of everything relationship-wise here, and all the stories are handled pretty well. Jocelyn and Grigg's story is probably the most appealing though. To the story's credit, knowledge of Jane Austen isn't necessary, but it helps. In all fairness, the title of the film is going to draw in the appropriate audience, and they will probably enjoy it.
"No Rules, No Fear ~ Reading Jane Austen Is A Freaking Minef
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 02/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Warning: This is a major "Chick Flick", no testosterone required.

Chick flick or not, the '07 release `The Jane Austen Book Club' is a delightful film exploring the possible application of the six books comprising the "Jane Austen Bible" into the everyday lives and loves of five contemporary women. What was supposed to serve as a carefree diversion from the constant angst of male female relationships becomes the epicenter of their emotional venting and the Gospel of Jane the rule by which all relationships are judged.

The cast displays an infectious chemistry, the storyline solid and consistent from beginning to end and the dialogue is believable, containing a number of quotable lines that will stay with you. `The Jane Austen Book Club' is a terrific film for the females audience. As far as the guys are concerned, come on and give it a try, you know you have to give in once in a while. This one is not as painful as most within this genre."
What would jane think?
Daniel B. Clendenin | | 09/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When a single guy and five women of very different ages and stages form a book club to discuss Jane Austen's six novels, their messy lives begin to imitate the art they're reading. The movie has six segments, each one named after one of the novels. With each turn of the kaleidoscope this film takes on the character of a soap opera--everyone has problems with love and marriage, too many sagas are treated too superficially, and little more than snappy verbal jousting moves the picture forward. And like a soap opera, neither real life nor Austen's novels enjoy the syrupy resolution of this film. My hunch is that a woman who has married six times is not a candidate for bliss on the seventh try, that a young teacher who hits on her high school student will not rebound so quickly, or that a twenty year marriage that ends in acrimony will probably not u-turn into one of affection after the husband (!) reads an Austen novel. If that's too critical, then enjoy this fluffy film as a fun romantic comedy that includes a reminder about the real problems that we all have with the game of love."