“The Jane Austen Book Club” Reveals the Austen of Life

Genres: Drama, Romance and Adaptation
Running Time:
1 hr. 46 min.
Release Date:
September 21st, 2007 (limited)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use.
Sony Pictures Classics

Directed by: Robin Swicord

JJ Rating: B

Bad things happen and it is decided that a once a month book club meeting about each of Jane Austen’s books would be a band-aid. The group consists of five women and one man. The stories they read are almost the lives they lead. The Jane Austen Book Club.

I’ve never read a single Jane Austen book nor do I ever really want to read one. I’m not up for books that have bleh things happening in them and then endings that don’t really sum up greatly. But after seeing this movie I just might give her a chance to charm me.

I did not really like this movie a lot but based on the dialog that talked about the books they were reading it seemed to me that the movie was taking things that happened in the books and did similar things with the characters. That, I believe, was clever and interesting. The entire movie is very girl like. I’m pretty sure women will love it more so than any man they drag to it. Can men see it and find something appealing? Meh. I don’t think so. The only reason I found something redeeming or appealing is the fact that I like books and even though I never read Austen books I did find the movie interesting.

I didn’t like the unnecessary character of Allegra (Maggie Grace). I found her annoying and pointless. I didn’t like the need to make marriage like points and the more you have under your belt the more likely you are to smile. If you don’t want to get married then cool don’t but I don’t understand the cool factor of saying “I was married six times.” I think the best character was Prudie (Emily Blunt) because she was the one that changed the most and had the most amazing shift in how she acted than the others. Grigg (Hugh Dancy) was also another interesting character. He and Prudie made the movie. The others just were there and didn’t garner enough care from me.

The Jane Austen Book Club is not a movie I want but it is a movie that got me interested in wanting to read one of her books. It also did a good job of incorporating the books into the movie in small minor ways (I’m guessing based on what the dialog stated). It most likely will please Austen lovers and women alike. Oh the Austen of life.

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