The Jane Austen Book Club

2007

The Jane Austen Book Club

Critics Consensus

Though at times formulaic and sentimental, Jane Austen Book Club succeeds on the strength of its likable ensemble cast. Even those not familiar with Jane Austen's work may find much to enjoy this lighthearted romance.

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As five women and one enigmatic man meet to discuss the works of Jane Austen, they find their love lives playing out in a 21st century version of her novels. Sylvia, is shocked when her husband Daniel, leaves her after 20 plus years and three children. Jocelyn, her unmarried best friend, distracts herself from her unacknowledged loneliness by breeding dogs. Prudie is a young French teacher, in possession of a worthy husband yet distracted by persistent fantasies about sex with another man. The many times married Bernadette develops a yearning for one more chance at happiness. Beautiful, risk-taking Allegra, Sylvia and Daniel's lesbian daughter, has quit talking to her lover. And Grigg, a young science fiction fan and computer whiz, seems horribly both out of place and obliviously at ease as the only man to be invited into the book circle.

Cast

Kathy Baker
as Bernadette
Maria Bello
as Jocelyn
Maggie Grace
as Allegra
Lynn Redgrave
as Mama Sky
Gwendoline Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Gwendolyn Yeo
as Dr. Samantha Yep
Catherine Schreiber
as Academic Woman
Messy Stench
as Girl with Dog Collar
Chris Burket
as Skydive Instructor
Kurt Bryant
as Rocknasium Instructor
Russ Jones
as Parent
Michelle Ewin
as Very Young Nurse
Miguel Nájera
as Señor Obando
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Critic Reviews for The Jane Austen Book Club

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (39)

  • The contrivance is horrible, the schmaltz unpardonable.

    Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Jane Austen Book Club, based on Karen Joy Fowler's bestseller, offers a distinctive vision of hell - a plane of being where there are only six novels that matter, and they're consulted like all-purpose agony aunts.

    Nov 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This is a rom-com that tries to be sassy and true but ends up ridiculously unlike any kind of reality at all.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • A twittering soap opera about five Californian women using Jane as an agony aunt for their love problems.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The women are so seemingly at ease in their roles that the movie drifts towards its happy-ever-after finale without a missed beat.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Just fine in a sentimental, mainstream kind of way. Although by constantly referencing Austen's sharp wit and characterisation, this can only ever come up short in comparison.

    Nov 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/6

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Jane Austen Book Club

  • Feb 26, 2013
    Oh my!!! I love great stories with happy endings. This one wrapped up just the way I like it (even though it was a little too simple and easy in some ways. But it was a very great story. I loved it.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2012
    Interesting how six members of the book club's lives play out over six months - one month for each of Jane Austen's books. I had two problems - 1) the movie was too predictable and 2) I would probably have rated it one more star if I had actually read Austen's books. I've only read one (P&P), and it hardly had a role in the movie at all.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2010
    it was actually pretty good
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I found this film so dumb. I found that the acting was not the best.
    erika b Super Reviewer

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