Becoming Jane Poster

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, Blue Print Pictures

Distributors: Miramax Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

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

  • With so many good Austen adaptations out there (the Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice, the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, Emma Thompson and Ang Lee's splendid Sense and Sensibility), Becoming Jane seems a bit flimsy by comparison. show more

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