Film Review | Austenland by Jerusha Hess

dvd cover Austenland by Jerusha HessAustenland introduces us to character Jane who is obsessed with author Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. The movie begins in the US with Jane struggling to maintain a decent romantic relationship. After we see several failures, Jane decides to pursue her obsession and travel to Austenland in England – a pricey role playing vacation experience meant to transport her to an Austen-era mansion where she can live out her fantasies assisted by paid staff and actors. Problems arise when the boundaries become blurred between what is real and what is really good romantic acting.

I’m not usually one for romantic comedies, but this one had me laughing at the absurdity of certain characters’ lines. Jane’s predicament seemed real enough as did the idea of women paying loads of money to spend time living in a fantasy world. While there was not much to the movie, it did offer an interesting point of view into role play scenarios. Some actors were either much more skilled or had much better written parts than others. This movie would be quite pleasing to hopeless romantics looking for a happy ending. Overall I’d give it a thumbs up, but couldn’t imagine watching it twice, so check it out from your local library.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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