Austenland

  • 12
  • Jerusha Hess (2013)
  • US / UK
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The enduring appeal of Jane Austen's England is explored in this uneven but often hilarious romp - a comedy, for once, aimed squarely at a female audience. Keri Russell stars as Jane Hayes, a single American woman in her 30s who is obsessed with Austen, especially the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice featuring Colin Firth's portrayal of romantic hero Mr Darcy. To live out her fantasies, Jane spends her savings on a trip to the UK, to take a holiday in "Austenland", where a cast of costumed actors will re-create the Regency period. Once there, though, Jane - who has booked the economy package - soon realises that all her anxieties remain with her: a single woman is a single woman in any era. Though it often blunders into farce, Austenland is nevertheless a warm-hearted and deceptively smart comedy of modern manners, with scene-stealing turns by Jane Seymour as the theme park's mean-spirited proprietor and Jennifer Coolidge as Jane's cheerfully vulgar fellow traveller.

Plot Summary

A New York woman obsessed with Pride and Prejudice takes the chance to live out her fantasies by spending her life savings on a trip to a Jane Austen theme park in Britain, where she gets to live the life of a regency lady - and hopefully catch the eye of a real Mr Darcy. Comedy based on Shannon Hale's novel, starring Keri Russell and JJ Field.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jane Hayes
Keri Russell
Mr Henry Nobley
J J Feild
Miss Elizabeth Charming
Jennifer Coolidge
Martin
Bret McKenzie
Lady Amelia Heartwright
Georgia King
Col Andrews
James Callis
Mrs Wattlesbrook
Jane Seymour (2)
Cap George East
Ricky Whittle
Mr Wattlesbrook
Rupert Vansittart
Chad
Ruben Crow

Crew

Director
Jerusha Hess

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony Pictures Releasing
Guidance: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 27 Sep 2013
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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