The Jane Austen Book Club

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Overview

Robin Swicord's adaptation of the novel The Jane Austen Book Club concerns a group of women and a man who meet regularly to discuss the works of the popular author, but soon discover their lives are playing out much like one of the author's fictional worlds. Among the members of the club are Sylvia Amy Brenneman, a recent divorcée; Bernadette Kathy Baker, who has decided to accept her advancing age; and Prudie Emily Blunt, who feels guilty about her persistent fantasies of ...
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Overview

Robin Swicord's adaptation of the novel The Jane Austen Book Club concerns a group of women and a man who meet regularly to discuss the works of the popular author, but soon discover their lives are playing out much like one of the author's fictional worlds. Among the members of the club are Sylvia Amy Brenneman, a recent divorcée; Bernadette Kathy Baker, who has decided to accept her advancing age; and Prudie Emily Blunt, who feels guilty about her persistent fantasies of cheating on her loving husband.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Cast and crew commentary; Behind the scenes featurette; The Life of Jane Austen; The Book Club Deconstructed; Los Angeles premiere
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Editorial Reviews

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In an era when appealing to the maximum number of demographics is paramount for box-office success, The Jane Austen Book Club wears its chick-flick status with unusual pride. Perhaps with a title like that, it was never going to fool anybody, but writer/director Robin Swicord's film has no problem being exactly what it is: a classically structured, tightly written multi-character romance intended for women. And don't think the filmmakers less than savvy -- they knew that title would bring in both Austen fans and Oprah Winfrey fans. If not for its relative obscurity -- it did not, after all, do well at the box office -- The Jane Austen Book Club might join movies like Beaches and Fried Green Tomatoes as pillars of the genre. While there is some amount of backhand in that compliment, the film really does work as a satisfying diversion, in part because it's eager to praise the intelligence of its audience, rather than treating them as indiscriminate genre enthusiasts. By structuring the film on a reading of Jane Austen's six novels over several months, Swicord is not merely providing intellectual window dressing -- she really does engage the themes of the novels, which her characters discuss eloquently. This isn't to say The Jane Austen Book Club is going to be confused for something deep, only that the characters are intelligent people worth caring about, and that life issues have an undeniable timelessness that's captured in our great literature. While no performances truly stand out, Emily Blunt makes an impression as a character much meeker and more likeable than the shrew she played in The Devil Wears Prada. Hugh Dancy is also charming as the book club's lone male member, the quirky and disarming hunk who certainly does help divert the film's target audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • UPC: 043396244498
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,559

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathy Baker Bernadette
Maria Bello Jocelyn
Emily Blunt Prudie
Amy Brenneman Sylvia
Hugh Dancy Grigg
Maggie Grace Allegra
Lynn Redgrave Sky
Jimmy Smits Daniel
Marc Blucas Dean
Kevin Zegers Trey
Parisa Fitz-Henley Corinne
Gwendoline Yeo Dr. Samantha Yep
Nancy Travis Cat
Technical Credits
Robin Swicord Director, Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Johnetta Boone Costumes/Costume Designer
Maryann Brandon Editor
John Calley Producer
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Barklie K. Griggs Musical Direction/Supervision
Vincent Lascoumes Asst. Director
Julie Lynn Producer
Diana Napper Producer
Marshall Rose Executive Producer
Sebastian Schroder Art Director
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Jennifer Smith Casting
Kelly Thomas Co-producer
John Toon Cinematographer
Tricia Wood Casting
Aaron Zigman Score Composer
Jane Austen Source Material
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A smart, funny film

    This movie is great for anyone that loves Jane Austen, but it's also great for anyone new to Jane. The film centers around five women and one man of different ages and backgrounds who form a Jane Austen book club. The dialogue is snappy and the relationships are realistic. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Go watch it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Jane-fantastic

    A total cute, smart romantic comedy. I loved every minture of the film and after it wrapped up I had to go to barnes&noble & purchase a jane austen novel. This smart film follows the lives of five women and one man on there journey through life & love & sex & relationships. The six individuals decide to form a club to escape the world of today and travel back to the world of jane austen & her six legendary books. Yet in fact its the six old fashion novels that help them cope with life today and that not much has really changing hundreds of years. Give it a shot, i loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Even Jane Austen would be Smitten

    This smart and edgy book "treat", proves as unexpected as any page turner. Miss it, and miss out on all the trappings of life that intrude with persistency on this unlikely bunch of Jane Austen fiends & foes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extremely Disappointing!

    This movie was nothing like the book! It followed a completely different story line, and barely kept to the details of the book. I was extremely disappointed. The book wasn't that great to begin with so I thought the movie might be able to save it but it definitely didn't. Don't waste your time.

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