The Jane Austen Book Club

Jane Austen Book Club dvdC.S. Lewis once theorized that “we read to know we are not alone”.  This proves to be true for the characters in the 2007 Sony Pictures Classics film The Jane Austen Book Club, who find connections both in and through the books they discuss.  Five women and one man commit to reading all of Jane Austen’s works, little suspecting how much of their own lives they will see reflected in 19th century British society.  As the characters discuss their chosen books, what is truly revealed are the flaws, assumptions, insecurities, and humanity in each member.  Robin Swicord directs her own screenplay adaptation of the book by Karen Joy Fowler, and the movie features Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Jimmy Smits, and an impressive performance by Emily Blunt.