Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman,
Maggie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Hugh Dancy

"You don't have to know the books to be in the club."


5 women of various ages (+ 1 guy) meet up once a month to discuss ... what else - Jane Austen's novels. One novel is assigned for each month so they read, scrutinize and discuss it to bits and pieces. In turn, some of them feel a special bond with the characters in the novels. Essentially, they find their lives imitating art. Austen's books are certified classics whose stories are still very much relevant and applicable to current times and this film is a visual testament to that adage.

This chick lit flick portrays 5 different women with interesting personalities coming together to bond over Jane Austen's novels. The characters (in the film) are well developed. They are essayed by good actresses like Maria Bello and Kathy Baker among others. Each of them with their distinct style of acting yet coherently blending together as an ensemble cast.

But men are not entirely excluded in this film as they do play very pertinent supporting roles. Special mention goes to Hugh Dancy who is simply such a joy to watch. His baby face allure coupled with his witty demeanor gave the only guy to be part of the book club so much depth.

A feel good movie with no major conflict to digest even though it presented the lives of 6 different individuals. Nice camaraderie among the ensemble cast. It also gave witty insights into the timeless novels of Jane Austen.

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