The Jane Austen Book Club

Synopsis: Explores Austen's adage that general incivility is at love's essence. Sylvia's husband dumps her for another woman, so Bernadette and Jocelyn organize a book club to distract her. They recruit Sylvia's daughter Allegra; Prudie, a young teacher whose marriage may be on the rocks; and Grigg, 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?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robin Swicord
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

- That was her dog.

- No.

I'm saying it affected me.

- Come on.

- Okay, honey. Whatever you say.

Anyway, so Allegra and I are talking about

how we all need to have

connection, you know?

Conversation. Sex.


And Allegra says,

"Well, you get all that from Mommy."

I gotta tell you, it really made me sad.

Oh, baby, she'll find somebody.

No, it made me sad for us.

See, 'cause I've been struggling

with whether a marriage

can sustain all of that

over 20-plus years,

or whether it's just inevitable

that after a certain amount of time...

What are you...

Maybe being with someone else can have

a renewing effect, because for me...

I've been seeing a woman at work.

We've been together six months now.

We can't think of this as a failure.

We have had a very successful marriage.

We've had a long marriage, by any standard.

We've got three wonderful kids.

They're grown, they're working, they're...

Just open the car door, Daniel,

I need a tissue.

The kids, that's... That's all you.

You know, you...

You made all the sacrifices with that.

I know.

But there's a logic to us

quitting while we're ahead.

And I think that they'll be able to see that.

I don't understand a single word

of what you're saying, Daniel.

Who is this woman?

Look, I'm tired of lying to you.

I'm tired of making promises to Pam

that I can't keep.

She deserves better. And so do you.

And I won't give her up.

That's non-negotiable.


I really like Edmund in this movie.

Have you seen it?

I love this movie.

Oh, I like it, but it's not Mansfield Park.

It's more of an interpretation.

- Do you know the book?

- Yes.

And I happen to teach film.

- Do you like this movie?

- No.

Do you know it mixes up Fanny Price

with the author of the book?

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Robin Swicord

Robin Stender Swicord (born October 23, 1952) is an American screenwriter and film director. She is known for literary adaptions.In 2008, her screenplay for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was nominated for Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. She wrote the screenplay for the film Memoirs of a Geisha, based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden, for which she won a 2005 Satellite Award. Her other screenplay credits include Little Women, Practical Magic, Matilda, The Perez Family, and Shag. more…

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