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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 75
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    Instead of trying to make Austen's life entertaining by pretending it was just like her work - as in the dull recent French movie "Molière" - Becoming Jane has a more astute appreciation of how Austen, or any fiction writer, works. There's a bit of stealing from life, lots of exaggeration, some wish fulfillment, mix-and-match character assembly. show more

  • 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

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