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The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club
  • 2007
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robin Swicord
  • Written by: Robin Swicord
  • Cast: Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Hugh Dancy, Kevin Zegers, Marc Blucas, Jimmy Smits, Lynn Redgrave
  • Website: www.sonyclassics.com/thejaneaustenbookclub/

While this movie about the tangled love lives of a Californian book group is as visually banal as an episode of 'Desperate Housewives', there's an enjoyably trashy quality to the soap opera plotlines. The sun-kissed women might see the author's canon as nothing more than romantic self help books, but with a substantial female ensemble all on song, this is nothing like as soppy as this year's other Austen cash-in, 'Becoming Jane'.

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The Jane Austen Book Club

15 Nov 20073 stars

Despite the literary title, the club in this adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler’s bestselling book is conceived after Prudie Drummond (Emily Blunt) goes to see the 1999 version of Mansfield Park at the cinema. Similarly, writer/director Robin Swircord…

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