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

I told you I don't have time to wait.

What is this?

Do you have any idea? What's going on?

I know, honey, I'm on my way, okay?

Hi. I need to check your bag.

Right this way.

Come on, let's go. Get out of the way, now.

Hold it!

Please take the ticket.

Please take the ticket.

Please take the ticket.

Come on! Get in there!

Please insert card.

Please insert card.

Please insert card.

Please insert card.

I can't follow you guys. You drive too slow.

Bernie. Hey.

- Sad, huh?

- Tragic.

- Poor Jocelyn.

- It's ridiculous.

- Daniel, he was her world.

- Hold up. Cat hair.

Oh, that's why I never wear black.

Don't even look in the mirror anymore.

Should've thought of it years ago.

We celebrate a very special life

as we lay to rest Jocelyn's cherished

companion, Pridey Sahara Morgan.

Honey, we have to stay.

She raised him from a puppy.

All I know is that if I'm not back

in the office this afternoon,

Monday is gonna be hell.

She went to every one

of Allegra's birthday parties.

Oh, come on. Allegra is our actual child.

Let's get some perspective here.

Do you think if Jocelyn

were married with kids

she'd be giving her dog a state funeral?

This whole thing is warped.

- I find that personally offensive, Dad.

- What?

I mean, I may never be married

or be a mother.

Yes, some gay women

get some version of that,

but we don't all need the same things.

Can we at least agree that

human beings need

human connection?

You know, companionship,

conversation, sex.

You get those things from Mom.

Jocelyn gets them from her dogs.

Can I take your car?

Dad had to go.

We can't let Jocelyn sit home and brood.

Maybe we could all take a class.

Learn Portuguese. Go to Brazil.

I don't think I could fit

one more thing in my week, honestly.

No, no, you're right. You're right.

We should make an effort.

She just lives so far away from everything.

Give it back, Trey.

Come on. Give it back.

See ya.

Thanks. Take care.


- Trey. Yeah.

- Trey.

Lovers' Guide to Paris.

Food Lovers' Guide.

We're gonna go to Paris. My husband and I.

It's his first time in Paris. Mine, too.

- It's a business trip for him.

- Really?

They fly him business class.

So we're just gonna do an exchange

so that I can tag along.

- That's pretty thrifty.

- Yeah.

I've never been to France. I mean...

I've been to Qubec. But that's...

- It's not in... It's in... Okay.

- No.

Do you want me to help you

carry these to your car?

- No.

- Okay.

- Well, have fun.

- Okay.

Send me a postcard.

- Hi.

- Hey.

Honey, I'm sorry I'm late.

I stopped to buy us a present.

Oh, yeah. What do you got?

- What?

- Oh, baby. I'm sorry.

I thought I said something.

- Yo, jeez, these guys are terrible.

- What?

Been like this all game. This one guy...

Paris is off.

- We're not going to Paris?

- Dale's going.

My boss-boss asked me to take the CEO

of Consolidated to the NBA playoffs.

I guess the guys at Consolidated

are like basketball freaks.

But if it's San Antonio, it'll be over in four.

Unless Tim Duncan gets hit

with an asteroid or something.

Anyway, figure I'll be on the road

for like a week, maybe eight days.

Maybe 10, just depending on...

Oh, what if your mom came and stayed?

Ten days with my mother?


What, did you want me

to say no to my boss?

Always doing something wrong, you know?

I have no idea what I did.

I genuinely have no idea.

I was just thinking about

something Allegra said

at Jocelyn's the other day.

I don't know if it was just

the sadness of the occasion, or...

- Oh, don't make fun, Daniel.

- No, I'm not, I'm not.

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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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