The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

Six Californian singletons start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships starting to resemble her novels. With Maria Bello, Emily Blunt and Hugh Dancy.

2008Rating: M, Infrequent Moderate Coarse Language106 minsUSA
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club departs from your BBC period pieces to deliver a fresh and fitting homage to one of history’s greatest novelists, Jane Austen. It’s a chick flick, though I prefer the term ‘women’s drama’.

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Variety

Variety

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One character in The Jane Austen Book Club describes the author's novels as chick-lit that most men would enjoy if they gave it a chance; similarly, the film is a "chick flick" guys might well grok if they could be roped in. Sure, there are no CGI or explosions, but it's hard not to become engrossed in the seriocomic relationship tangles.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The Jane Austen Book Club makes the most audacious use ever of the author's work. When a make-out session in a car is abruptly interrupted, a young man grabs his amour's copy of "Persuasion" to cover up his erection.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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While the script never reaches the heights of Austen's work, it's still like an Austen novel in the sense that each member of the group is, whether they're aware of it or not, looking for their perfect romantic partner.

You don't need to have read Austen's work to enjoy the film, it's more about the lives of our book club members than the author, but some knowledge will add to your appreciation of the film. And don't be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your favourite Austen classic...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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With its multiple protagonists and episodic structure, The Jane Austen Book Club probably lost plenty in the translation to film and, in parts, the story feels awkwardly truncated or too shallow to matter. But Swicord has a playful sense of humor and a good ear for dialogue, and the movie pleasantly accomplishes what it set out to accomplish.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Quite a nice little relationship comedy-drama, but essentially for an audience of what the French charmingly call ‘women of a certain age’. Totally not the Superbad set, then.

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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Men are not going to be queuing excitedly for The Jane Austen Bookclub but should you be able to trick one into coming he may well find it engaging viewing.

4.0
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BBC

BBC

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The constant paralleling does feel very contrived, but a decent sprinkling of insights and the sincerity of the acting keeps the story grounded. This film won't endure through the ages, but it can at least offer die hard Austen fans a little guilty pleasure.

3.0
0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club departs from your BBC period pieces to deliver a fresh and fitting homage to one of history’s greatest novelists, Jane Austen. It’s a chick flick, though I prefer the term ‘women’s drama’.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

One character in The Jane Austen Book Club describes the author's novels as chick-lit that most men would enjoy if they gave it a chance; similarly, the film is a "chick flick" guys might well grok if they could be roped in. Sure, there are no CGI or explosions, but it's hard not to become engrossed in the seriocomic relationship tangles.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The Jane Austen Book Club makes the most audacious use ever of the author's work. When a make-out session in a car is abruptly interrupted, a young man grabs his amour's copy of "Persuasion" to cover up his erection.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

While the script never reaches the heights of Austen's work, it's still like an Austen novel in the sense that each member of the group is, whether they're aware of it or not, looking for their perfect romantic partner.

You don't need to have read Austen's work to enjoy the film, it's more about the lives of our book club members than the author, but some knowledge will add to your appreciation of the film. And don't be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your favourite Austen classic...

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With its multiple protagonists and episodic structure, The Jane Austen Book Club probably lost plenty in the translation to film and, in parts, the story feels awkwardly truncated or too shallow to matter. But Swicord has a playful sense of humor and a good ear for dialogue, and the movie pleasantly accomplishes what it set out to accomplish.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Quite a nice little relationship comedy-drama, but essentially for an audience of what the French charmingly call ‘women of a certain age’. Totally not the Superbad set, then.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Men are not going to be queuing excitedly for The Jane Austen Bookclub but should you be able to trick one into coming he may well find it engaging viewing.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

The constant paralleling does feel very contrived, but a decent sprinkling of insights and the sincerity of the acting keeps the story grounded. This film won't endure through the ages, but it can at least offer die hard Austen fans a little guilty pleasure.

3.0
0

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