• Becoming Jane (2007)

Becoming Jane

Release Date: August 3rd, 2007

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2008

PG |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Though Jane Austen's (Anne Hathaway) financially strapped parents (James Cromwell, Julie Walters) expect her to marry the nephew of wealthy Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith), the young woman knows that such a union will destroy her creativity and sense of self-worth. Instead, she becomes involved with Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a charming but penniless apprentice lawyer who gives her the knowledge of the heart she needs for her future career as a novelist.

Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Joe Anderson, Lucy Cohu, Laurence Fox

Director: Julian Jarrold

Genres: Biography , Romance

Production Co: Scion Films, Blueprint Pictures

Keywords: Rise, Quest, Melodramatic, Wife, Love, Family, Brother, Deception, England, Marriage, Passionate, Charming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Claudia PuigUSA Today

    If one were to fuse the literary sensibility of Jane Austen with the fanciful imaginative license of "Shakespeare in Love," what would emerge would likely be the charming tale Becoming Jane. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The way all of this plays out is acted warmly by the principals, and Eigil Bryld's photography (of Ireland) makes England look breathtakingly green and inviting. The director, Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots" and the TV version of "White Teeth") is comfortable with the material, and it is comfortable with him. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    Austen comes off here more as stenographer than writer. Worse, the movie has Tom Lefroy as her condescending guide. show more

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