Saturday, October 20, 2007

THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB




Drama

PRINCIPAL CAST MEMBERS
Maria Bello: Jocelyn, a spinster who breeds dogs
Kathy Baker: Bernadette, the founder of the group
Amy Brenneman: Sylvia, recently seperated
Jimmy Smits: her ex-husband Daniel
Maggie Grace: their daughter Allegra
Emily Blunt: Prudie, a young high school French teacher
Marc Blucas: her husband Dean
Hugh Dancy: a sci-fi fan Grigg

REVIEW
It is pretty heavy going having to deal with pithy excerpts such as “Is not general incivility the very essence of love?” and then try to keep up with the rapid-fire views of the six club members as they express their divergent opinions about the quote. It makes my head hurt.

There’s nothing exceptional about the acting nor the story line in general but it does seem to go on forever (just short of two hours) and comes across very much like a soap opera.

CLASSIFICATION
for mature thematic material, sexual content, brief strong language and some drug use.

FOR NITPICKERS ONLY
Shots from directly in front of Bernadette sitting with the others on the porch have a strong shadow behind her right shoulder. Side-angle shots do not.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

One might say that the movie is like a soap opera, but I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships in this movie. I found it made one think about seeing life through someone else's viewpoint and reading books that previously were not considered the type of book that person would read. I found it very thought provoking and would give it at least a 3 star rating.
Patricia Wood