Ok, I was going to wait and read the book first but couldn't! Yay! I loved it! I love all things Jane Austen, and this movie was so good! You don't have to have read her books to appreciate what goes on in the movie, but if you want more insight and understanding then it helps. The movie is mainly about the women (and one man) and their relationships with each other and with their romantic interests. As the group reviews the Austen novels and characters, they begin to see more of their own lives in greater relation to the stories, and I think that is perfect - showing how Austen's books are still appicable to modern day trials in life and romance. And I have to say that I just love Hugh Dancy! He's my favorite! I have been a fan of his since Daniel Deronda. He was so perfect in this movie as Grigg! He does such an adorable American accent, and his character is so cute the way he pines after Jocelyn. Aw! I know I said it already, but I just love him! And the rest of the cast is perfect, too. There isn't any one person that really stands out more than the others in terms of celebrity, and I think that is what makes the whole thing work. I don't think it would be the same with someone like Julia Roberts or Jennifer Aniston in the club...they would take away from the whole of the story too much.
Great, great movie. I loved the ending. It was satisfactory, but I realy wish The Jane Austen Book Club could go on forever!