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  Austenland Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.60 /10
Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge , J.J. Feild
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Directed by: Jerusha Hess
Written by: Jerusha Hess

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 97

An embarrassment.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Austenland is a would-be frothy but hopelessly crude romcom about a young American woman (Keri Russell, pictured) infatuated with all things Jane Austen who goes on a themed holiday in England which promises her “the full Jane Austen experience”.

Our heroine happens upon a smorgasbord of bad actors overacting horribly in terrible English accents.

Fatally, writer-director Jerusha Hess, who made Napoleon Dynamite, has little or no understanding of Austen’s strengths and weaknesses. Anyone hoping for a witty spoof or half-way decent romcom will be disappointed.

There’s little sense here, and far too coarsened a sensibility.

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