• PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2013
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Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell, TV’s “The Americans”) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life: no real man can compare with the brooding and handsome character Mr. Darcy. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort in the English countryside where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood and meets two very different gentlemen… but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde franchise), Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers), JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bret McKenzie (TV’s “The Flight of the Conchords”) also star in this charming romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel by Shannon Hale.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Despite an intriguing premise and fine performances from a talented cast, Austenland succumbs to outworn romcom cliches and slapstick gags.
Toronto Star
Linda Barnard

Austenland is modest fun but needs to show it has a brain under its sun bonnet.

June 22, 2017
Rafer Guzman

"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

It's tentative in its intentions and afraid to push all the way with its premise. It is not sharp...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington

A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes o...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Frothy, teen-friendly romcom skims surface but is still fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Austenland (based on the novel by Shannon Hale) is a fun romantic comedy, despite the fact that it falls back on some of the typical romcom cliches, making it seem like women need to be rescued from a life of loneliness by romance. Still, it does try to question those predictable assumptions somewhat and is buoyed by strong performances. Jane Austen fans will particularly enjoy the inside jokes and references to her work. There's not much language (except for "crap") and no drinking (though one character acts drunk), but you can expect some kissing and heavy flirting (as befits a movie with an Austen theme).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 16, 2013
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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