Austenland Review

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Unable to find love, Jane Austen-loving Jane Hayes (Russell) books into the ultimate Jane Austen experience. There, over a weekend of bonnets and balls, she finds two men who may just fit the bill.


Unlucky-in-love Darcy obsessive Jane (Keri Russell) blows all her savings on a trip to a Jane Austen B&B theme park in Blighty, a kind of Westworld with bonnets. It starts super-broad as Jane meets up with crass American Jennifer Coolidge yet gets more interesting once our heroine chooses between J. J. Feild’s Darcy-style prig (fantasy) and Bret McKenzie’s likable farm hand (reality). A co-writer on Napoleon Dynamite, Jerusha Hess’ debut film boasts a neat conceit, some smart laughs and Russell as an appealing heroine, but what’s missing is a light touch, sharp satire and emotional punch — all the things Austen does so well.

Fondly conceived but short of that razor-sharp Jane Austen wit.