The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
106 min, drama, romance - USA
Producers: John Calley, Julie Lynn, Diana Napper
Director: Robin Swicord
Writers: Robin Swicord (screenplay), Karen Joy Fowler (book)
Stars: Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy and Amy Brenneman
Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Jimmy Smith, Kevin Zegers, etc...
Explores Austen's adage that general incivility is at love's essence. Sylvia's (Amy Brenneman) husband dumps her for another woman, so Bernadette (Kathy Baker) and Jocelyn (Maria Bello) organize a book club to distract her. They recruit Sylvia's daughter Allegra; Prudie (Emily Blunt), a young teacher whose marriage may be on the rocks; and Grigg (Hugh Dancy), a sci-fi fan who joins out of attraction to Jocelyn. The six read and discuss one Austen novel per month. Jocelyn tries to interest Grigg in Sylvia; Allegra falls in love with a woman she meets skydiving; Prudie contemplates an affair with a student; Sylvia's ex keeps popping up. In the discussions, characters reveal themselves in their comments. By the end, are truths universally acknowledged?