The Jane Austen Book Club
Six book club members find their lives resemble a modern-day version of Jane Austen's novels in this drama. For starters, Sylvia's (Amy Brenneman) husband of 20-plus years has walked out, Bernadette (Kathy Baker) seeks Mr. Right, and married Prudie (Emily Blunt) dreams of other men. Then there's lonely dog-breeder Jocelyn (Maria Bello); Allegra (Maggie Grace), who has issues with her girlfriend; and Grigg (Hugh Dancy), the sole male in the club.
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- Robin Swicord
- DVD and Blu-ray
PG-13Mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette.
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Korean, ThaiClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 HD, Portuguese: DTS 5.1 HD, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; The Life of Jane Austen; Walking the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Premiere.
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Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- 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.
- No violence, but some heated arguments between couples.
- Infrequent, but some moments are punctuated by strong language, including "f--king bitch."
- Social Behavior
- 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.
- 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).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- 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.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it