Thursday, May 29, 2008

Movie: The Jane Austen Book Club

We just watched the movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, for various reasons. One, it arrived via Netflix. Two, we heard from a mildly reputable source that the movie was good. Three, it is based on a book, and since we love books, this is a vote in its favor. Four, it claims to, even remotely, include Jane Austen, which always intrigues us, but doesn't necessarily indicate a good flick. All of these are tenuous reasons at best, but Bob was out of town, and we had a girls night with our mother and we all watched it together.

This movie is about a group of friends, and a couple random strangers, that meet together once a month to discuss each of Jane Austen's books in turn. As they are discussing the books, they realize that one of their lives mirrors the events in one of the books, and by the end, everyone has fallen in love. This movie had a cute plot, started out fun, but by the end it was cheesy beyond cheesy, and even Maggie (who's quite dense) had to cringe at the Mr. Darcy jokes and the Fanny Price puns. (If you don't know what I'm talking about here, then you're probably a man.)

Quick vote: You're going to have to be pretty desperate for a chick flick before this movie is a must-see, even if you're a die-hard Jane Austen fan.

Aunt Annie's Two Cents: Love is a delusion. Pass me my Natty Light and Pork Rinds!!!

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