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Becoming Jane (2007)

Anne Hathaway , James McAvoy , Julian Jarrold  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy
  • Directors: Julian Jarrold
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MIRAMAX
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZIZ0RA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Becoming Jane" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Discovering the Real Jane Austen
  • Becoming Jane Pop-Up Facts & Footnotes
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries) gives a radiant performance as a young, love-struck Jane Austen in the witty and engaging romantic comedy Becoming Jane from Miramax Films. It s the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world s most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy, The Last King Of Scotland), a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane s life, he offends the emerging writer s sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane s dream of doing the unthinkable marrying for love. Becoming Jane, also starring the acclaimed Maggie Smith, James Cromwell and Julie Walters, is an enchanting and imaginative film you ll fall head over heels for

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286 of 306 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abstinence and Sensibilities August 24, 2007
The only portrait I ever saw of Jane Austen appears on countless spines of the Modern Library edition of "Pride and Prejudice." Drawn by her sister Cassandra, Jane looks, well, like one would expect the witty Miss Austen to look: poised, civilized, reflective and intelligent. With some imagination and forgiveness with regard to the talent of the artist, she could even be conceived as pretty with her large dark eyes and ringlet fringe peeking out from the typical gentlewoman's cap of that time period. How ingenious for Hollywood to cast the sumptuous Anne Hathaway with her silky brown hair, curvaceous figure, deer-in-the-headlights eyes and perfect lips as the young burgeoning author? Let's face it---no one wants to be a plain Jane - and plain she is not--she's pretty much got it all: not only is she innocently stunning, she's independent, wants to work, exhibits impeccable manners, loves her family, acts upon noble ideals all of which along with her cricket skills results in attracting and snaring the deliciously boyish James McAvoy ( Last King of Scotland) as supposed ill-fated lover, Tom Lefroy.

As a film, all of this romanticism works wonderfully. The verdant countryside shimmers in the sunshine. The period clothing---all empire waists, beribboned hair, top hats and velvet frockcoats----sway and rustle delightfully as the couples dance and speak in clever well-mannered innuendo as expectant matchmaking parents play chaperone and contemplate lucrative alliances that will set their children up for life. The dialogue sufficiently reflects that Austenian repartee which the educated audience delights in as it makes them feel they are on an even keel with one of the greatest satirists in the English language.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the movie December 12, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD for this movie will be coming out Feb 12, 2008 and will feature deleted scenes, commentary with director Julian Jarrold, writer Kevin Hood and producer Robert Bernstein, becoming Jane Pop-Up Facts & Footnotes(ok, this is enough to make me want to buy it)and a Discovering the Real Jane Austen featurette

The actors were wonderful in this movie and it was well staged. The movie is supposed to be based on a few months of Jane's life when she was 20. H Some scenes were added to make her life more dramatic. There isn't very many facts known about Jane so any biographical movie about her will contain fiction, but I think what most people criticized about this film is it borrows too much from Pride & Prejudice.

The facts about Jane are she was a witty and lively person. We know this from her letters and her writings. She was sort of a tomboy when she was young and played baseball and cricket. She had a handsome and adventurous brother named Henry who helped publish two of her novels after her death. He did marry their cousin. Tom Lefroy was a person she knew and she did flirt with him when she was 20. Many years later he said he did love Jane but it was a "boyish love". His first daughter was named Jane. When she was 27 she was proposed to by a weathly but awkward man named Harry Bigg-Whithers, who she at first accepted but changed her mind the next day.

For people with children, there is some brief nudity (male backsides), some women that appear to be prostitutes, fist fighting and some suggestive language.

Other people have criticized this movie because they see it as another way to cash in on Jane Austen's popularity. I feel that the film does try to shed a little light on her real personality.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! November 29, 2007
Format:DVD
My new all-time favorite movie. Some people may not like it because "it's not 100% true to Jane Austen's life"... Can you say that with 100% certainty though? No. Even if you can, just enjoy the movie for what it is, a beautiful love story! James McAvoy is so convincing as Mr. LeFroy, you can't help but fall in love with him! I already have the Region 2 UK DVD (because I simply couldn't wait forever for the movie to come out on DVD in the US), but it only plays on my laptop, so I intend on buying this DVD when it's released. :) It's worth it!
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains True To Jane Austen's Spirit October 22, 2007
"Becoming Jane" is an unexpected cinematic treasure, and one which deserves attention not only from Jane Austen fans, but from a wider audience as well. Much to my amazement, this film is remarkably true to Jane Austen's spirit, portraying her as a thoughtful, willful, almost modern, woman. I wasn't expecting a tour de force performance from Anne Hathaway, but she's absolutely perfect as Jane Austen, having successfully immersed herself in this role; perhaps her finest bit of film acting to date. James McAvoy has garnered some well-earned critical acclaim for his fine performances in "The Last King of Scotland" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". His portrayal of the young Irish barrister Tom Lefroy, who befriends Jane, is also right on the mark, that's a very compelling portrayal of someone who could have been Jane's intellectual and romantic soul mate for a brief time in the late 1790s. While Hathaway's and McAvoy's performances are the best reasons to see "Becoming Jane", there's also excellent acting from the rest of the cast, most notably James Cromwell's Reverend Austen, Jane's father. If you're at all curious wondering why Jane Austen's fiction has endured, then "Becoming Jane" might offer some tantalizing cinematic answers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
This movie was not the romantic storybook ending I was expecting. Even though It was based on the true story of Jane Austin.
Published 2 days ago by landel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Eh
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. You don't have to worry about who is watching. Actors have great chemistry. Great story.
Published 9 days ago by Evets
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Charming.
Published 11 days ago by Esther H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 20 days ago by Juliann
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad outcome, but intriguing all the same.
In the end, and overall, really, this story was sad. It definitely makes the reader feel the main character's emotions. Jane A. Read more
Published 21 days ago by O. Sango
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Highly enjoyable.
Published 27 days ago by Marla C. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely One For The Austenites
Being a fan of Jane Austen, I tend to have an interest in all things Austen. I have Miss Austen Regrets, which focuses on Jane's life and relationships with her family. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Oldie But Goodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great romance.
Published 29 days ago by Claudette Fitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history, okay movie.
I'm not into the Jane Austin storytelling style and this movie is just that. This movie is loosely based on Jane Austin's early years, which makes it historically interesting. Read more
Published 29 days ago by C. Keown
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Mr. Warren? (Spoiler)
John Warren was a real person, a friend of Jane's brother who was believed to have been in love with Jane, but whom Jane believed to be just a friend. He drew a picture of Lefroy which he gave to Jane. In "Becoming Jane" they make him the rather naive and unsophisticated parson who... Read More
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