|DVD Box Art|
Jane Hayes, a single, thirty-something American woman who is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, spends all her savings to take a trip to Austenland, a resort devoted to Jane Austen and the Regency era to find the perfect Regency gentleman. Becoming Miss Jane Erstwhile, an orphan of no fortune (due to the bronze package she purchased), Jane begins to butt heads with Mr. Henry Nobley, an arrogant man of good fortune, befriends Miss Elizabeth Charming (another American at the resort), and falls in love with groundskeeper Martin. Throughout her trip, Jane realizes that life in Regency England isn't all that she hoped it was.
There were a couple of familiar faces in Austenland, but not a whole lot.
|Actor/Actress||Character||Also Seen In|
|J.J. Field||Henry Nobley||Northanger Abbey (2007) as Henry Tilney|
|Georgia King||Lady Amelia Heartwright||Little Dorrit (2008) as Pet Meagles|
|Jane Seymour||Mrs. Wattlesbrook||The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) as Marguerite Blakeney|
|Rupert Vansittart||Mr. Wattlesbrook||Pride and Prejudice (1995) as Mr. Hurst|
|Jane Hayes sitting with Mr. Wattlesbrook|
|Miss Elizabeth Charming|
|Martin (left) and Henry Nobley (right)|
The "real world" scenes weren't much to speak of (considering the bulk of the film takes place in Austenland), but the Austenland scenes were very pretty! The house of Austenland was big and nicely decorated -- worthy of a regular Jane Austen adaptation. The grounds -- lovely to behold. This was definitely one of the high points of the movie.
|The infamous sleeveless dress!|
This movie had a lot of potential to be funny, but it simply wasn't all that funny. The humor was mostly cheesy jokes about Pride and Prejudice (that weren't very good), and Jane Austen's other books are forgotten about (with the exception of that small excerpt from Emma). The movie/park should have been more appropriately called Pride and Prejudice Land and not Austenland since the other Austen books weren't even mentioned. The humor was also heavily based on Miss Elizabeth Charming's inappropriate remarks (for the Regency era) and for her air-headed-ness. For a comedy, there wasn't enough solid humor in the movie. I haven't read the book, so there is a chance this movie doesn't do the book justice, but as a movie, this was just horrid and, I'm sure, would make Jane Austen herself shudder at the sight of it.
This movie doesn't have any particular scenes to skip (or if there are, they only last a couple of seconds), but there are suggestive comments scattered throughout the movie. There is one scene where Jane is nearly attacked late in the evening, but is rescued. There is some mild swearing, but nothing too extreme.
Lost in Austen is available on DVD. It runs for 97 minutes and is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and innuendo.