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Product The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

starring Kathy Baker / Maria Bello

Life imitates art in this adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's bestselling novel about a book group reading the work of Jane Austen. Each of the people in the group is at a different stage of life: there's Sylvia (Amy Brenneman), whose husband has just left her for another woman, and her daughter Allegra (Maggie Grace), who's looking for a woman herself. Bernadette (Kathy Baker) has six marriages under her belt, while Jocelyn's (Maria Bello) most significant relationship is with her dog. New to the group of friends are Prudie (Emily Blunt), a teacher who is unhappy with her marriage, and Grigg (Hugh Dancy), the group's only man--a sci-fi fan invited by Jocelyn to take Sylvia's mind off her failed marriage. As they make their way through Austen's novels, they discover that the writer's work is just as relevant in the 21st century as it was in the 19th. The group has its own Emma, and a sparring would-be couple bears striking resemblance to Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.

THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB succeeds largely thanks to the strength of its cast. Bello is better known for dramatic roles in films such as THE COOLER and THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, but she does an excellent job with this film's lighter tone. As know-it-all Prudie, Blunt steals just as many scenes as she did in THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Though it might seem like a clubhouse with a "No Boys Allowed" sign, the men in the movie hold their own with the female cast. Jimmy Smits, Marc Blucas, and Kevin Zegers play supporting roles, but it's Dancy who deserves the most praise. As Griggs struggles to woo one of the women in the group, Dancy easily wins the heart of the audience with his geeky charm.
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Screen: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78 / Full Frame - 1.33
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance 13+)
Rating Reason: for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use
Director: Robin Swicord
Star: Kathy Baker / Maria Bello / Marc Blucas
Emily Blunt / Amy Brenneman / Hugh Dancy
Maggie Grace / Jimmy Smits / Kevin Zegers
Lynn Redgrave / Parisa Fitz-Henley / Gwendoline Yeo
Nancy Travis
Producer: John Calley / Julie Lynn / Diana Napper
Screenwriter: Robin Swicord
Composer: Aaron Zigman
Director of Photography: John Toon
Source Writer: Karen Joy Fowler
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home
Release Date: July 07, 2009
Original Release Year: 2007
Format: DVD Video
Run Time: 106 minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish / English
Closed Captioned: English
Color: Color
ISBN: 1424883059 / 9781424883059
UPC: 043396225152 / 00043396225152
Genre: Dramas
Keywords: Based On A Novel / Theatrical Release / Women

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