Becoming Jane

2007 PG-13 2h 0m DVD

Becoming Jane

2007 PG-13 2h 0m DVD
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A passionate romance with roguish barrister Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) serves as the inspiration for the works of budding novelist Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) in director Julian Jarrold's prismatic drama set in late 18th century England. After rejecting a proposal from a neighbor's rich but stolid nephew, Austen becomes increasingly drawn to impoverished young lawyer Lefroy -- even as relatives and circumstances conspire to separate the couple.
Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Cohu, Laurence Fox, Joe Anderson, Ian Richardson
Julian Jarrold
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film is a delightful exercise in imagination. No one truly knows whether Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy shared a grand passion, but the movie makes a great case for it. It's a romantic, often funny tale that tweens and teens will enjoy, though there are parts that could prove dicey for younger audiences, including a sexual interlude between Jane's parents and a brazen flirtation between an older woman and a younger man. (The banter may also go a little too fast for them to understand.) The language is sometimes complicated for younger audiences ("impecunious"), but it's fairly innocuous, except for one expletive ("s--t").

Sexual Content

Save for one humorous but surprisingly risqué scene in which Jane's father hints at performing oral sex on his wife under the covers, the movie is quite chaste. Some kissing and lots of flirting; an older woman seduces a younger man, who's all too willing to return the favor. Also, Lefroy and his friends frequent a brothel, where women revealing much cleavage proposition men.


A few characters box in a bar; basically, they brawl while others bet on their match, and the results are quite bloody.


Mostly clean, though "s--t" is uttered once, and there are a few "dammits" sprinkled in. Also, some women are referred to as "whores."

Social Behavior

For the most part, everyone's on his or her best behavior, but there's a lot of pressure from society to act in certain ways which Austen views criticall and which gives rise to prejudices (a rich matron looks down on those without money and treats them with disdain) and acts of rebellion (Lefroy, at least in the beginning of the movie, drinks and fights in bars).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking in bars; wine for toasting and dinners.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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