Jane Austen Book Club, The (2007, USA) C-106m. ** D: Robin Swicord. Starring Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Ed Brigadier, Kevin Zegers. Comedy drama about several characters, most with personal problems, who agree to meet in the title club, where they read a different Jane Austen novel every month. Movie tentatively examines links between the characters' real lives and the characters in the book, but non -Austen fans will feel excluded. Unexeceptional, seems to treat every character from the outside, not the inside.

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