Directed by Jerusha Hess and starring Keri Russell (Felicity, August Rush, etc.) comes one of the most random comeidc movies I have ever seen in my life.
The story goes that Jane Hayes is addicted and obsessed with the world of Jane Austen. Mr. Darcy is her fantasy and she even keeps a standie of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Her entire apartment is decorated with elements from the Regency era of English history. Her friends thinks she nuts. Why? Because everything about her life revolves around Jane Austen.
She uses her life savings to journey to Austenland, a recreation of the Regency period that features actors who are suppose to be based on a particular character in the Jane Austen novels. After she arrives, whirlwind romances, reality/fiction confusion, and a whole lot of Pride & Prejudice quotes fling your way.
As a movie, the film is choppy in its storytelling and jumping from scene to scene. It is decently acted, even with only Keri Russell as the only A-lister, the cast manages to convince you of who they are playing. As a comedy, it often fails, but redeems itself with its one-liners, especially from JJ Feild (who plays the “Mr. Darcy” character). My sister was (and to a lesser extent is) a Jane Austen aficionado, so the humor and parody of certain elements was not lost on me. The best way to describe it is, it is Napoleon Dynamite for ladies, but especially for Jane Austen fans.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, mild thematic elements, innuendo, crude humor
- Keri Russell as Jane Hayes
- JJ Feild as Mr. Henry Nobley
- Bret McKenzie as Martin
- Jennifer Coolidge as Elizabeth Charming
- James Callis as Colonel Andrews
- Jane Seymour as Mrs. Wattlesbrook
- Georgia King as Lady Amelia Heartwright
- Ricky Whittle as Captain George East
- Rupert Vansittart as Mr. Wattlesbrook