Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: September 21, 2007
6.3
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Generally favorable reviews based on 28 Ratings
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ChadS.Oct 20, 2007
Grigg(Hugh Dancy) is a science-fiction fan who tries to convince Jocelyn(Maria Bello), the literary snob, that a novelist like Ursula McGuinn is a good writer, period; not just a genre writer. "The Jane Austen Book Club" has an undeveloped Grigg(Hugh Dancy) is a science-fiction fan who tries to convince Jocelyn(Maria Bello), the literary snob, that a novelist like Ursula McGuinn is a good writer, period; not just a genre writer. "The Jane Austen Book Club" has an undeveloped academic side because there indeed are learned men and women who argue for speculative fiction as being undervalued. But the film doesn't back up its argument for genre fiction as literature, not if Grigg is going to say things like a one-volume compendium of Jane Austen novels as being sequels to "Northhanger Abbey", and that "The Empire Strikes Back"(George Lucas films being the low-end of sci-fi) shares a comparable plot point with "Pride and Prejudice". However, this film very subtly introduces the notion of the chick-flick as science fiction, especially when Prudie(Emily Blunt) convinces Dean(Marc Blucas) to read "Persuasion", patching up their unhappy marriage in the process. Literature can't save a marriage; a jock doesn't change his stripes overnight. What might've worked in the Karen Joy Fowler novel, doesn't all translate well on the screen. Expand
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RegOzJan 28, 2012
This is not a great movie but it is a nice one; although there were some things that were not very belieavable. This movie is the type of film you should watch just expecting to have some entertainment and not much thinking. Be aware thatThis is not a great movie but it is a nice one; although there were some things that were not very belieavable. This movie is the type of film you should watch just expecting to have some entertainment and not much thinking. Be aware that this movie may not suit every single taste and since it is a bit slow you may not be able to finish it. The best thing about this movie are the performances, because the plot in itself is not good enough. Two words about the conclusion of the movie: it feels a bit false. I am giving it a 6 because I enjoyed it but I wouldn't watch it again, Expand
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JimG.Sep 22, 2007
Enjoyable for Austen fans.
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