Who's in It:
Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Kevin Zegers, Marc Blucas, Hugh Dancy
The Basics: Some women whose lives are kind of a drag decide to form a book club and talk about Jane Austen books. They invite a guy along to do it with them, to prove that J.A. isn't just for chicks. After meeting for the first time in a gross strip-mall Starbucks, their lives begin to echo some of the themes of Austen's books. So thanks for that, chain-coffee monopoly. And none of this really addresses the question of why you'd want to see a movie where people sit around and talk about books.
What's the Deal? Aren't those Sara Lee Cheesecake Bites great? I spent the whole time thinking about them. That's because if I'm at home, and I'm sick on the couch or just feeling bloaty (it happens to men, too), and I'm watching a much better female-centric movie than this one like oh, say, any other movie ever made starring any of the women in the cast, including Coyote Ugly then I can polish off an entire box of those things. They make them in plain cheesecake and all-chocolate. Those are my favorites.
You Know What Else Is Great? That Version of Pride and Prejudice With Keira Knightley: Let's say you were going to watch a movie about Austen. That's one you might pick instead of this one. The 1995 Persuasion is pretty incredible, too. Hell, even the Anne Hathaway movie Becoming Jane, about the fake love affair that Austen never had, is more fun than this. At least that Austen-adjacent story is period, and you get to see all the hats and frocks and stuff, you know?
Who's Better Than the Movie: Blunt. She was the mean assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. But she's doing an American accent here, which is kind of a rip-off. I like hearing her talk.
If You're a Hard-Core Austenoid and You Have to See It Out of Some Misguided Sense of Duty, Here's How to Do It:
2. Rainy day
3. Cashmere throw
4. Above-mentioned Sara Lee snack
6. Back-up DVD when you get bored.