Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Jane Austen Book Club 2007

The Jane Austen Book Club
Well my recent posts on Hugh Dancy and Emily Blunt gave me a hankering for The Jane Austen Book Club. I know it is not high art. It obviously did not win any Oscars. And yet, what a great film to spend an evening with! So that is what I did this past weekend. I always feel that if my husband and my teenaged son sit down and watch a film with me, it can't be all that bad!

The film mingles tidbits of all six novels with six different main characters who read all of Jane Austen's novels again together (or for the first time in the case of the adorable Grigg) and meet once a month to discuss. The two Brits in the cast play Americans with wonderful accents. Intertwining bits of Austen's novels into the modern character's lives and personalities really works for me. And the fact that 5 women can take for granted that they have all read Jane Austen's books is awesome for a geek like me!!!

"Our world is an English village." 


Prudie Drummond: He looks at me like he's the spoon, and I'm the dish of ice cream.


Grigg Harris: Women never go for the nice guys.
Jocelyn: Please, men say that, but when you get to know some of these men who complain the most, you find out they're not as nice as they think they are.


Bernadette: All Jane Austen, all the time. It's the perfect antidote.
Prudie Drummond: To what?
Bernadette: To life.

Sylvia and Daniel

Jocelyn: Do you think he has a brain tumor?
Sylvia Avila: I think he fell in love.
Jocelyn: Well, I'm rooting for the brain tumor.


Daniel Avila: Can we at least agree that human beings need human connection. You know... companionship, conversation, sex.
Allegra: You get those things from mom, Jocelyn gets those things from her dogs.


Jocelyn: You know what I'm wondering before I go? How do you feel about older women?
Grigg Harris: Ah, great. I have three older sisters, so I like all women. 


I still say Grigg is my fave part of this film, and apparently I have mellowed to the film over the last few years. I think I could easily watch it once a year, ad infinitum.

By the way, I still haven't read The Mysteries of Udolpho. And I actually screamed out loud when Grigg's phone rang with an R2D2 ringtone. Squee!!!!

And I am totally going to check out Ursula le Guin!

"Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter."


  1. Loved it! Especially Grigg. I have always had a soft spot for geeks. Especially cute ones.

  2. I know what you mean! Your recent posts have made me anxious to want to watch it again too! The Jane Austen Book Club is one of those rare times when I love the movie, but dislike the book! I am so happy with all the liberties the movie too and yes, I adore Grigg! And the whole love story with Jocelyn!

  3. Well, I love Hugh Dancy as Grigg, as Daniel Deronda, as David Copperfield and in other more recent roles. I agree with Meredith, time to re-play my DVD of The Jane Austen Book Club. Thanks for rekindling our enthusiasm in this film, Jenny!

  4. Hi Olga, Meredith and Maria Grazia! Lots of Grigg fans out there. I knew it!




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