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The Jane Austen Book Club Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… even the Anne Hathaway movie is more fun than this. Read full review

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    61

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film's characters are lively, the women all look terrific (the guys do too, for that matter), and its many romantic story threads weave into artfully told tales of love lost and found.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is Austen lite, but pleasantly so. You can hardly fault a movie that fashions itself around a consummate writer whose keen sense of humor and gift for fully realized characters have resulted in countless screen adaptations.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    For a visual bonus, Hugh Dancy appears in bike shorts as the lone male Jane-ite.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Overall, The Jane Austen Book Club is an admirable mix of heady and fluffy, the kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy that needn’t make filmgoers ashamed of what they wished for.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Chick Flick indeed! Guys, take your best buddy to see this movie. Tell him, "It's really cool, dude, even though there aren't any eviscerations."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Chick flick's mature themes aren't for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Austen-loving teen girls might be drawn to this movie by the promise of lots of Austen talk (not to mention the presence of Hugh Dancy). But many of the movie's themes -- infidelity, betrayal, a teen hooking up with his teacher -- are on the mature side. There's some minor language (including one use of "f--k") and social drinking, and a supporting character is a heavy marijuana user. Still, for the most part, the film is fairly heartwarming, and the discussions about the books are surprisingly robust (for a movie, anyway). There's little nudity or drinking or drug use to be concerned about.

  • Families can talk about the connections drawn between Jane Austen's work and the movie characters: What are the differences and similarities between them? Has romance changed so much since Austen's time, or is it just Hollywood that makes love seem more complicated than it truly is? If so, why are filmmakers drawn to the subject? Do the complex relationships in the movie seem believable?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A married man abandons his wife, who later runs into him and his mistress; the same man later belittles his wife's friend's attachment to her pet. A woman betrays her lover by writing dismissively about her. Also, stereotyping of male and female roles.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: No violence, but some heated arguments between couples.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two women cavort in bed -- the camera zooms to their midriffs -- and flirt while one's in the bathtub; a teenager propositions his married teacher, whom he kisses passionately in the car; later, they make a date to meet outside a hotel, and the teacher is shown changing into sexier clothing beforehand. The women make sexual comments about the men in their lives.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent, but some moments are punctuated by strong language, including "f--king bitch."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Big plug for Jane Austen's books, as well as Ursula le Guin's; some close-ups of computer and bike brands and coffee shops (Starbucks).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking. Prunie's mom is a heavy marijuana user who smokes in front of her daughter, who's visibly upset by the behavior.

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