SynopsisBased on a book of the same name by Shannon Hale, Austenland is about Jane Hayes: single, 30-something, and obsessed with all things Austen, especially Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. So, in a last-ditch effort after another failed relationship, she spends all her money on a week-long trip to Austenland, an immersive, Jane Austen theme park, culminating in an authentic nineteenth century romance. But of course, nothing goes as planned, and she ends up with a little more than she bargained for.
Why You Should Watch ItEverything about this movie is perfect. The cast, consisting of Keri Russell, J.J. Feild, Brett McKenzie, Jane Seymour, and Jennifer Coolidge, is all incredible. J.J. Feild starred in Northanger Abbey (also a great Austen film adaptation) and is a wonderful, Austen-esque heartthrob, while Jennifer Coolidge is the perfect uncultured antithesis to the uppity, wildly anachronistic setting. The film is directed by Jerusha Hess, the mind behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, and is produced by Stephenie Meyer, of Twilight fame. Austenland is the best of both, combining the romance of Twilight with the absurd, irreverent humor of Napoleon Dynamite. The humor is subtle and on point, the setting is gorgeous, and you can tell the actors are having a good time making it. (Always a good thing.) Plus, this film speaks directly to anyone who's ever been in love with a fictional character and spent far too much time wishing he were real.
I am single because, apparently, the only good men are fictional.