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Austenland

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Austenland

Jerusha Hess (2013)

92min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

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 Feild.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Jerusha Hess
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Other Information

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

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