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Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen–crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency–era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
Everything rings false, and the spectacle of bad actors pretending to be bad actors may trouble your sleep for some time.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 09.02.2013
Hess has made a classic rookie mistake: Any spoof has to be at least as smart as the thing it's spoofing, and this one's twice as dumb.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 08.29.2013
"Austenland" understands Austen's enduring romantic appeal but has no use for her deeper themes of class, wealth and gender inequality.Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 09.12.2013
The missed opportunities in "Austenland" are more numerous than dowry-less sourpusses at a ball in a Jane Austen novel.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 08.15.2013