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Becoming Jane

comedy, romance

Meet twentyish Jane Austen: in loveand on a path that would lead her to Pride and Prejudice. Anne Hathaway plays romantic, observant Jane in a cinematic imagining of her life.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is a delightful exercise in imagination. No one truly knows whether Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy shared a grand passion, but the movie makes a great case for it. It's a romantic, often funny tale that tweens and teens will enjoy, though there are parts that could prove dicey for younger audiences, including a sexual interlude between Jane's parents and a brazen flirtation between an older woman and a younger man. (The banter may also go a little too fast for them to understand.) The language is sometimes complicated for younger audiences ("impecunious"), but it's fairly innocuous, except for one expletive ("s--t").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Tom's uncle thinks Jane isn't worthy of marriage and why they couldn't simply decide to be together. What standards were in place at the time? Do these requirements seem cruel or unjust?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Once you admit that the Jane Austen depicted onscreen bears scant relation to any person named Jane Austen, living or dead, the film fulfills its purpose.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, August 6, 2007


- Bob Mondello,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: Becoming Jane becomes a rather ordinary, though sporadically entertaining, game of dress-up.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Friday, August 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Ever wondered why Jane Austen wrote about courting but not marriage? Her own life was touched with unfulfilling love. She loved a man but he needed to marry for money and her family had none. Jane decided not to marry and earn her own living through writing novels which was unheard of by women in those days. Good cast including James McAvoy, Julie Walters and Maggie Smith.

- thmtsang, Sunday, June 20, 2010

4 stars

I wasn't expecting much to be honest but I was very pleasantly surprised! This is a gem, it's very underrated and by the looks of it overlooked and possibly misunderstood. The acting is good (Julie Walter's overacting is at a minimum), the script is brilliant (and keeping with the content) and the direction is perfect! The editing can be a little shaky at times but it soon gets overlooked as you get sucked into the story and characters. I might even watch Sense and Sensibility now. I say might. I'd happily watch this again though, Julian Jarrold is a director to look out for!

- SirPant, Friday, March 5, 2010

3 stars

Actually, it was a sweet movie, really sweet movie... A love story of one of the greatest authoress in English, Jane Austen, that I will never though that it could be so interesting like this... But the weakness in this movie, which is also the supremacy, is the conversation they have along this movie... With an unique British accent and so many difficult words to understand, it pretty annoying me, knowing that my English wasn't very good at all... Anne Hathaway herself did a pretty good job as Jane Austen with her accent, her charm, and also her beauty... But what captured in my mind is she didn't fit enough for the role as Jane Austen... In my opinion, Keira Knightley would be the best cast as Jane Austen in this movie... Especially because they have James McAvoy as the love interest of Jane Austen here... I think the chemistry that Knightley and McAvoy already had in 'Atonement' were be great if they doing it again in this movie... But after all, we should gives a thumbs up to Anne Hathaway... At least she's been trying to put some good performances with her own unique accent here but for me it wasn't good enough...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, August 4, 2008