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The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 October 2007 (USA)
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Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.

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Robin Swicord

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Robin Swicord (screenplay), Karen Joy Fowler (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bello ... Jocelyn
Emily Blunt ... Prudie
Kathy Baker ... Bernadette
Amy Brenneman ... Sylvia
Maggie Grace ... Allegra
Jimmy Smits ... Daniel
Ed Brigadier ... Pastor
Kevin Zegers ... Trey
Marc Blucas ... Dean
Catherine Schreiber ... Academic Woman
Ned Hosford Ned Hosford ... Waiter
Hugh Dancy ... Grigg
Messy Stench Messy Stench ... Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket Chris Burket ... Skydive Instructor
Parisa Fitz-Henley ... Corinne
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Storyline

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Six months. Six novels. Six members. [DVD] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jane Austen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,719, 28 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,573,870, 16 December 2007
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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The role of the SA Spurs obsessed character dean was cast to Marc Blucas who played college basketball with the star player Tim Duncan. This was in the novel and not rewritten for Marc. See more »

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Dean is seen heading off to the NBA playoffs in early spring (March). In reality they begin in late April and continue through June. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Avila: I was thinking just this morning about this book club we're in, Allegra and me. The first meeting was right after we separated, 'cause Allegra had just moved in. And I was realizing how different I feel. I don't think I'm the same woman that you left.
Daniel Avila: I can see that. I so see that.
Sylvia Avila: Well, it's probably the same for you. I guess that's what happens when you let go. We did a good job taking things apart. I'm kinda proud of us.
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Delightful for Common Viewers, but Certainly Wonderful for Jane Austen's Fans
8 August 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In California, the favorite dog of the lonely Jocelyn (Maria Bello) dies and she meets her best friends in the funeral: the six times divorced Bernadette (Kathy Baker); the housewife Sylvia (Amy Brenneman) and her lesbian daughter Allegra (Maggie Grace); and the young French teacher Prudie (Emily Blunt), whose mother is a dysfunctional woman.

When Sylvia's husband Daniel (Jimmy Smits) dumps her for a younger woman, Bernadette and Jocelyn organize a reading club of Jane Austen to distract her with Allegra and Prudie. Meanwhile the sci-fi fan Grigg (Hugh Dancy), who owns a software company and was raised with three sisters, flirts with Jocelyn and she invites him to join the club with the intention of introducing him to Sylvia. They plan to read and discuss the novels "Sense and Sensibility" (1811), "Pride and Prejudice" (1813), "Mansfield Park" (1814), "Emma (1816), "Northanger Abbey" (1818) and "Persuasion" (1818), one per month.

Meanwhile, Prudie's marriage with Dean (Marc Blucas) is in crisis and she flirts with the student Trey (Kevin Zegers). Aleggra falls in love for Corinne (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and tells her private life to her affair. But Jocelyn does not understand the feelings of Grigg. While reading the novels, their lives entwine with the characters of the writer, leading each one of them to find what is looking for in love.

"The Jane Austen Book Club" is a delightful film for common viewers, but certainly wonderful for Jane Austen's fans. The story about love, second chance and Jane Austen novels has one of the most pleasant and charismatic cast that I have ever seen, with very beautiful and charming mature and young actresses and great actors having top-notch performances. In the end, the film gives the desire of reading Jane Austen's novels. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Clube de Leitura de Jane Austen" ("The Jane Austen's Reading Club")


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