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Austenland 2013

Amazon Instant Video

(122) IMDb 6.2/10
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Jane Hayes?s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era.

Starring:
Keri Russell,JJ Feild
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Jerusha Hess
Starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild
Supporting actors Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, James Callis, Georgia King, Bret McKenzie, Ricky Whittle
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JG78 on 6 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked this film, I really did. It was an enjoyable watch and a pretty fair adaptation of the book.

But, and it's a big but. I might have given it five stars if it wasn't for one pretty major flaw. The lead actress. I'm really sorry to say this but there was just no animation in her and it left me wondering why anyone would be attracted to her character at all.
Maybe Kerri Russell is a bigger name in America and the idea was to get someone who might pull in the viewers but she just does not work in the character. To be honest, her character just made me feel little flat and it made me feel a little angry that the producers put someone in the role who seemed to act like she really didn't want to be in the film.

It might not be a classic, but anyone enjoying regency drama might like this as a change.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By batmandi on 25 Feb. 2014
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I honestly didn't know what to expect from this film, to start, I was quite perplexed, its such a random film to the point it feels totally improvised (which, from what I gather, some bits are - check out the expressions of the people in the airport scenes - they're not extras!!).

But actually, its hilarious in its bizarre, slightly camp, random strangeness. Its hilarious in a "I can't believe they've just said that" kind of way (Jennifer Coolidge - for reference)!

JJ Feild, having previous experience of playing one of Austen's leading men (Northanger Abbey) is a perfect Darcy-type character (I am bias, as Mr Tilney [Northanger] is one of my favorites) bringing that Austenness to the film which works wonderfully opposite Keri Russell's Jane (The Waitress).

Its just a weird, quirky wonderful film, with a brilliant (cheesy 80's power ballads) soundtrack.
Its fast become one of my favorite rom-coms, that's perfect, chilled with a glass of wine.

I actually wish Austenland was real!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fes on 18 Feb. 2014
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I'm not keen on Austen 'takes', but found the idea of an Austen theme holiday fun. I enjoyed the movie tremendously. It's romance without been soppy. It's funny, especially if your into your Regency period romances (husband slept through it... tho this is no indication as he does this with most moves.. haha... so not for everyone) - but I wouldn't call it side splitting. I liked all the characters, tho I took a while to warm to the lead actress, I did warm to her. I will definitely watch it again - for JJ Field if nothing else ;) .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Lou on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Well, this is a very odd review to write because I really wasn't sure what to make of this film, I started off hating it, but persevered because of the reviews, and ended up kinda liking it but still feeling a bit bemused as to whether it is brilliant or awful. (I think the former, although I'd have to watch it again to be certain)

Took me about half of the film to get used to its quirky nature; at first I thought it was badly scripted and badly acted; but then came the slow realisation that (I think, anyway!) that is is meant to come across like that, and that is what makes it so clever.

In hindsight I'm not sure what I was expecting. I love Jane Austen, and loved the idea of an Austen themed park, but I guess the only way such a concept would work is if it is treated like it is in this film.

The fact I came to like the characters, rooted for the 'heroine' and was in a quandry as to which of the two suitors, if any, would be better for her, echoes the plot in many an Austen novel, as does the presence of an amusing but churlish friend.

All in all, I'm pretty sure this is a grower and may even turn out to be one of my favourite films. I quite enjoyed the journey it took me on, but there were times when I wanted to get off at the next stop. But all was worth it at the final destination.

So thankyou, all fellow Amazon reviewers; as without your great reviews I'd have given up on this and missed a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Based on the novel by Shannon Hale of which I have not read.

Jane Hayes is obsessed with Jane Austen's novels. She is now pushing 30 and realizes that she spent so much time with Jane Austen that she missed out on real life. Her solution is to go on an emersion vacation in which you get to play a Jane Austin like character with a promised romance in the end.

The vacation is not going as planned. So Jane Hayes pulls few strings to make sure she gets what she paid for.

We get to go along on vacation with Jane. We may find ourselves kibitzing a bit. In the end of James get what she seeks? What happens to the other characters in Austinland and. And is everything what it seems?

I found this film to be exactly what it touts to be. This is supposed to be more of a comic satire than a psychological thriller. There are no real surprises here. However it's the great acting and characterization that we enjoy as the story unfolds.

If the viewer just happens to be a Jane Austen fan, they might find this presentation a tad lacking as the only thing related to Jane Austin's a few sound bites here and there now and then without any actual context.

If you're watching the streaming version you have not missed much as the DVD extras are the standard how I made this movie shots. I only saw this in Blu-ray so I cannot comment on any other version; however this is one movie that does lend itself to the Blu-ray treatment.
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