First off, I got through this entire trailer for The Jane Austen Book Club, which opens in limited release September 21, without realizing Emily Blunt is playing the lead with the bobbed haircut. With her American accent and lack of pretense she is simply transformed. Secondly, she has this exchange which made me laugh out loud:
Man: High school is over.
Emily Blunt, tearfully: High school is never over!
Finally, this is one case in which the movie looks more intriguing than the book was. I'm not sure what it was about the book, exactly, I just found it to be a little on the bland side — though I enjoyed the way author Karen Joy Fowler structured the novel around Jane Austen's works. That aspect worked quite nicely.
This looks like it just might successfully accomplish what Evening failed to do: Make a rich, compelling and entertaining woman-led movie based on a novel. My high hopes from Evening have officially been transferred to The Jane Austen Book Club, so to see what I'm talking about, read more