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Becoming Jane

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG — for brief nudity
  • Director: Julian Jarrold   Cast: Anne Hathaway, Julie Walters, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Jessica Ashworth
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
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Genre

Drama, Romance

Producer

Graham Broadbent, Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae

Distributor

Miramax Films

Release Date

Aug 3, 2007

Release Notes

Limited

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Review

Becoming Jane is a bearable period chick flick with a self-congratulatory “realistic” conceit: that Jane Austen was exactly like Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, except her romance with her D’Arcy didn’t have a fairy-tale ending. How like life. The movie isn’t like life, though—it’s like watered-down Austen. (At least it doesn’t cut between “fiction” and “reality.”) Anne Hathaway has learned to ease up on the mugging and let us come to her. She’s no Jane Austen, but she’s got the gumption of an Austen heroine.

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