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The Jane Austen Book Club

Once again, the name Jane Austen is employed as a carefully calculated beacon to attract loyal chick flick viewers. In this ensemble romance (based on Karen Joy Fowler's book), six Californians start the titular organization, only to find that their tangled relationships start to resemble the plots of Ms. Austen's novels. The cast (Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Jimmy Smits, Hugh Dancy) is up to the task, but the script is laid out purely by the numbers. From the director of such other femme-friendly literary adaptations as Little Women, Practical Magic and Memoirs of a Geisha. 106 minutes PG.