Austenland

Rated PG-13 96 minutes 2013

Real men fall short of her romantic fantasies, so a lonely American bookworm named Jane (Keri Russell) decamps for a British theme park that offers Austen fans a fully immersive experience in a simulated Regency England, one where guests and staff sport period garb, ride, hunt, dance, and flirt decorously (or not). As chick flicks go, this sounds high-concept, but in the hands of first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre) this adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel is leaden and crass when it should be light and sophisticated. Jennifer Coolidge grates as a vulgar Yank, and Jane Seymour is implausibly bitchy as the resort owner; only JJ Feild, playing an ersatz Mr. Darcy, sounds the right notes.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/austenland

Director: Jerusha Hess

Producer: Stephenie Meyer, Gina Mingacci, Dan Levinson and Robert Fernandez

Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Georgia King, James Callis, Jane Seymour, Ricky Whittle and Ruben Crow

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