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Austenland Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Austenland doesn’t really satirize Austen’s world (or fans) so much as use them as a pretext for a mixture of middling burlesque and routine romantic comedy.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A humorous chick flick for well-read audiences, Austenland is a novel concept.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Mary Houlihan

    It’s a romantic comedy with all sorts of possibilities that instead relies on heavy-handed sight gags and over-the-top performances.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Austenland is kind of a one-joke movie, and the film's rhythm is a bit flaccid, but the joke, at least, has a twinge of wit.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Hess gets her romance just grounded enough to handle the comic extremes supplied by the supporting cast.

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  • 80

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    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    The ending is a bit of an audience-pleasing cop-out, a retreat into formula after 80 minutes or so of upending it. But those upendings are memorable, the cast dishy fun, and Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale's breeze of a script (based on Hale's novel) is smart about the allure of fictional romances.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Frothy, teen-friendly romcom skims surface but is still fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Austenland (based on the novel by Shannon Hale) is a fun romantic comedy, despite the fact that it falls back on some of the typical romcom cliches, making it seem like women need to be rescued from a life of loneliness by romance. Still, it does try to question those predictable assumptions somewhat and is buoyed by strong performances. Jane Austen fans will particularly enjoy the inside jokes and references to her work. There's not much language (except for "crap") and no drinking (though one character acts drunk), but you can expect some kissing and heavy flirting (as befits a movie with an Austen theme).

  • Families can talk about Jane's obsession with her namesake. What is it about Jane Austen's fictional world that appeals to the character Jane? Why is it unhealthy for her? Do you have to be an Austen fan yourself to appreciate this movie?
  • Do some books (and movies) set up unrealistic expectations about romance and love? If so, how so?
  • Does Austenland question the stereotypes of the romcom genre or uphold them?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Love -- and life -- doesn't follow the trajectory of books (or movies, for that matter). Women don't need rescuing; neither do men. All you can do is be true to yourself, and if something, and someone, is meant to be, so be it.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Jane is really appealing as a heroine. She's relatable, understandable, and vulnerable, yet she stands up for herself and is open to a world full of possibilities, romance, and friendship. She doesn't lose hope.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Two men get into a fight at an airport; a man forces himself on a woman, but she trips him up and stops him.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Couples kiss, sometimes passionately, often tenderly; some sexual innuendo/suggestive dialogue.

  • language false0

    Language: "Crap" is about the extent of it.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is lecherous and seems drunk all the time.