What would Jane do?
It isn’t often that the movie turns out to be much better than the book, but that’s true with The Jane Austen Book Club. Maybe it’s a case of a solid premise poorly written, but I disliked the book so much I couldn’t finish it.
The film version, on the other hand, is entertaining and intelligently presented, and with so many main characters, that’s saying something. Each person in this impromptu book club, set up to help a newly divorced woman cope with the changes in her life, has a problem similar to that of one of Jane Austen’s characters. This is a complicated plot, but the movie works! No high powered stars here, no gimmicks, just a romantic comedy/drama that delivers.