Jane Austen Book Club, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Genteel, nicely acted "chick flick" about friends (Kathy Baker, Maria Bello and Emily Blunt) who start a book-discussion group on Jane Austen as a catharsis for their friend (Amy Brenneman) whose husband (Jimmy Smits) has announced he's leaving her, and who hope she'll fall for the young man (Hugh Dancy) who's joined the group. Writer-director Robin Swicord moves the action at too leisurely a pace, and though the story is for the most part resolved on moral lines -- with most of the characters doing the right thing, thanks to the lessons they've learned in the Austen novels -- and there are several poignant moments, the premise seems contrived, and a relatively minor lesbian subplot is morally questionable. Casual acceptance of premarital sex and divorce, nongraphic sexual encounters, an inappropriate teacher-student flirtation, same-sex attraction, adultery theme, some rough and crude words, and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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