THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB Add To My Top 10

Cute Chick Flick with Unacceptable Elements

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Release Date: September 21, 2007

Starring: Maria Bellow, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Grace, Lynn Redgrave, Kevin Zegers, Marc Blucas, and Kathy Baker

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Robin Swicord

Executive Producer: None

Producer: John Calley, Julie Lynn and Diana Napper

Writer: Robin Swicord

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Content:

(Ro, B, PCPC, HoHo, L, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Romantic worldview with some moral elements where two troubled marriages and one major character refuses the temptation to have an affair are restored, but with strong politically correct content where one of the major characters is a lesbian whose behavior is shown and condoned; three obscenities and one profanity; no violence; strong sexual content includes one scene with two lesbians (one in a bubble bath) discussing a traumatic childhood event involving a retarded boy exposing himself to one of the women, other scenes show lesbians making love without graphic nudity, a married teacher kisses a student but fends off further activity, extended scene of man having sexual relations with very pregnant woman, and implied fornication when an unmarried couple is shown starting to undress each other; female nudity is shown on television sets as roommates review movies for their website and rear male nudity; some social drinking in several scenes; minor elderly character uses marijuana; and, dishonesty, anger and insults galore.

Summary:

THE JANE AUSTIN BOOK CLUB is like a gourmet meal with just a few roaches crawling around on the plate. It’s a charming romantic comedy absolutely ruined by the complete acceptance of lesbian relationships and by one unmarried couple shown preparing to have sex.

Review:

THE JANE AUSTIN BOOK CLUB is like a gourmet meal with just a few roaches crawling around on the plate. It’s a charming romantic comedy absolutely ruined by the complete acceptance of lesbian relationships and by one unmarried couple shown preparing to have sexual relations.

The movie opens with Sylvia (played Amy Brenneman) being dumped by her husband, Daniel (Jimmy Smits). Her friends start a Jane Austin book club to help her get her mind off the divorce. Jocelyn (Maria Bellow), her friend from high school, invites Grigg (Hugh Dancy), a young, handsome bike rider to join the club hoping to get Sylvia and Grigg interested in each other. Grigg is actually interested in Jocelyn.

The movie skillfully turns each book club meeting into an assessment of club members’ lives while using Jane Austin’s characters as either examples or inspiration. The humor is better if you’ve read Jane Austin’s books but is still clever even if you haven’t. Each of the club members’ lives are impacted by participation in the discussions.

The movie could have been worth recommending were it not for the open acceptance of lesbian relationships, an instance of fornication and brief foul language. Jane Austin’s stories exemplify some biblical standards of right and wrong. Movies made of her books have won MOVIEGUIDE® awards. In this movie, two troubled marriages are rescued as a result of the book club and in one scene a club member turns down an opportunity to have an affair because she pauses to consider, “What would Jane Austin do?”

In real life, we should all consider “What does God want us to do?” The Jane Austin book club members would have been better served just conducting a Bible study. It is the most popular book club in history. Millions of Americans join weekly to study the Bible with profound positive impact on their lives. There is ample romance in the Bible, including even bad examples, but the story shows God’s love, His forgiveness and at times, His judgment, of wrong behavior.

Anyone looking for lasting romance should study the Bible and learn the difference between lust and love. While THE JANE AUSTIN BOOK CLUB has enjoyable elements, it’s hard to swallow even a tasty meal when you must digest a few roaches along with it. Movies don’t let you choose to see only their good parts. You get all the filmmakers feed you or nothing. Wouldn’t it be great if more filmmakers joined Bible clubs and let God influence what goes in their scripts?

In Brief:

THE JANE AUSTIN BOOK CLUB is like a gourmet meal with just a few roaches crawling around on the plate. It is a charming romantic comedy absolutely ruined by the complete acceptance of lesbian relationships and by one unmarried couple shown preparing to have sex. The movie opens with Sylvia being dumped by her husband, Daniel. Her friends start a Jane Austin book club to help her get her mind off the divorce. Jocelyn, her friend from high school, invites Grigg, a young, handsome bike rider, to join the club, hoping to get Sylvia and Grigg interested in each other. Grigg, however, is actually interested in Jocelyn.

Anyone looking for lasting romance should study the Bible and learn the difference between lust and love. While THE JANE AUSTIN BOOK CLUB has enjoyable elements, it’s hard to swallow even a tasty meal when you must digest a few roaches along with it. Movies don’t let you choose to see only their good parts. You get all the filmmakers feed you or nothing. Wouldn’t it be great if more filmmakers joined Bible clubs and let God influence what goes in their scripts?