The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

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Explores Austen's adage that general incivility is at love's essence. Sylvia's husband dumps her for another woman, so Bernadette and Jocelyn organize a book club to distract her. They recruit Sylvia's daughter Allegra; Prudie, a young teacher whose marriage may be on the rocks; and Grigg, a sci-fi fan who joins out of attraction to Jocelyn. The six read and discuss one Austen novel per month. Jocelyn tries to interest Grigg in Sylvia; Allegra falls in love with a woman she meets skydiving; Prudie contemplates an affair with a student; Sylvia's ex keeps popping up. In the discussions, characters reveal themselves in their comments. By the end, are truths universally acknowledged?
Maria Bello as Jocelyn
Emily Blunt as Prudie Drummond
Kathy Baker as Bernadette
Amy Brenneman as Sylvia Avila
Maggie Grace as Allegra Avila
Jimmy Smits as Daniel Avila
Ed Brigadier as Pastor
Kevin Zegers as Trey
Marc Blucas as Dean Drummond
Catherine Schreiber as Academic Woman
Ned Hosford as Waiter
Hugh Dancy as Grigg Harris
Messy Stench as Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket as Skydive Instructor
Parisa Fitz-Henley as Corinne
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Simply suberb. Not especially a chick flick but something for everyone. The characters lives really did echo Jane's books. The actors are all superb and very believable.


This might have been a really great movie, but there were no plot surprises and the characters left me wondering, "who are these people, and why are they dressed that way?" I knew what was coming every step of the way because the plot was so predictable. There didn't seem to be much chemistry between any of the characters. Even the women's friendships seemed flat and underdeveloped. Some of the scenes came out of nowhere, and after the bathtub scene between the young lesbians, I remember whispering to my friend, "what was that all about?" Her reply was, "I have no idea." I couldn't figure out what these characters did for a living. It seemed they were always having lunch or just wandering around thinking about Jane Austen and trying to fix up their newly divorced friend with what seemed like a teenager! The storyline was ridiculous, starting with the funeral for a dog. Was there one character in the whole movie who was sane and well adjusted? Very disappointing!


I loved this movie and contrary to my nature would love to see it again! I am a chaplain at Stanford Hospital and have met and heard enough stories about people's lives to feel that the portrayals of the people is this movie were quite realistic. I loved the way the movie started with a tension created by intolerance for one another and hidden agendas. By the end of the movie the characters were transformed into truly affectionate comrades. A great message for what we all have to offer one another when love and empathy is allowed to prevail. By the way, the movie was also very, very funny!!


The movie begins with high energy though a bit shaky as though the writer didn't know how to introduce the characters to us. Then the movie shines with interesting characters in typical lives making judgments, deciding, trying, hurting, all that life has to offer. It works, at least until the end where the last 10 minutes was written for the Lifetime Network. The ending is so implausible, that the few ending story lines that seem plausible are diluted by the improbable ones leaving the viewer feeling like they were transported from a good piece of film to a lesser, forgettable and cheap feel good film. If you have to have a 100% happy ending, then this movie is for you. If you're looking for something that's complete, grounded in some reality both good and bad, look elsewhere.


This movie is definately in the right genre. This is no doubt a romantic drama. It takes you through the lives of five women and one man who are all struggling with their relationships and create a Jane Austen book club to let go and to try and find answers from each of the books. I havent read any of Jane Austen's books, but after seeing the movie I wanted to read at least one if not all. They review and talk about one book each month with each other and tie their life stories into their reviews of the book. After the movie I was telling myself... "you want, expect and know what is going to happen" Even though this film is predictable it is well acted and you can no doubt relate to one of the characters. Take your girlfriend or wife. I have a feeling they would love it.

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