Austenland Movie Review

Visit Jane Austen's World Via The Movie Austenland

The movie version of the book Austenland by Shannon Hale was released on August 16, 2013. I really enjoyed the book so I was anxious to see the movie but, alas, the movie turned out to be somewhat limited in distribution. It never made it to my local movie theatre although it did have a short run in another area of my home city, Ottawa. Anyway, I missed it at the movie theatre and it was not until after it was released on blu-ray disc and DVD on February 11, 2014 that I had the opportunity to watch it.

I wound up watching it while my husband was away. It would definitely not have been his first choice of movie and your man might not be keen on seeing it either. Anyway, I found it quite entertaining.

Austenland is a lightweight comedy starring Keri Russell, J.J. Field and Jennifer Coolidge. It shares the story of a young American woman who is unlucky in love and who embraces all things to do with Jane Austen and her books. Finding no real man who meets her standards, this young lady has even managed to fall in love with the fictional Mr. Darcy.

Desperate to make a change in her life, she books an expensive vacation at a Jane Austen getaway in England. At this resort, she will don clothing authentic to the period of Jane Austen's books and give up all modern conveniences and devices. Yes, she must even turn in her cellphone. She will live exactly as the women in the books did...more or less and the proprietor of the resort, played by Jane Seymour, guarantees that each guest will experience a love affair. Each women who visits Austenland has an actor assigned to fall in love with her.

The movie is funny and, like the book, it is light entertainment but if you love stories like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, you ought to like this movie. If you think it would be fun to try out living in the time frame of Jane Austen's England by enjoying fine dinners, going to balls and being swept off your feet, you ought to try out this movie first! Don't forget that life was not all good food and parties in that time period it also included things like corsets, endless hours of needlework and rules, lots and lots of rules about how a young lady must behave.

Here's a peek via the official two-minute movie trailer:

In terms of what to watch out for in this movie, there is some suggestive content and innuendo, some language, drinking and drunkenness. However, as an adult viewer, I was never uncomfortable watching this film and I would RECOMMEND it to my female friends who enjoy period fiction and romantic comedy.

Will you watch the movie Austenland? 

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More Jane Austen and Period Drama Reading:

John Keats' Bright Star Movie Review
Bright Star is a period drama and romance based on three years in the life of the poet, John Keats.

Lost in Austen Movie Review
Another contemporary Jane Austen story.

Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Austen Review
This 2006 miniseries starred Ruth Wilson.

Period Dramas on Pinterest
If you're on Pinterest and you love period drama movies, be sure to follow this board!

Author's Note: Originally published on another website in 2014.

NEARLY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Harry Potter Love Potion for Valentine's Day


Just in time for Valentine's Day I discovered this bottle of love potion. It was originally from Diagon Alley at Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter but is available now on Amazon by clicking right here. It holds 1.5 ounces of love potion.

If your Valentine is in love with you and with Harry Potter, she'll likely thrill to receive this as a fun Harry Potter-themed Valentine's Day gift. Note the reviews, which state that this Love Potion does not taste good, LOL. I am not sure if love potion normally does...

Anyway, it made me smile. How about you?

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Buy your Love Potion on Amazon.

Aloha (2015) Movie Review

Because I am busy, I have noticed a tendency to NOT get around to posting about the movies that I have seen despite the fact that this is a movies blog. Therefore, I have decided to start writing shorter movie reviews that include a brief idea of the plot, the movie’s official trailer, what to watch out for, whether or not I would recommend the movie and who I would recommend it for. I hope YOU will find this new format helpful when you are looking for your next movie and that it motivates ME to post about the great and not-so-great movies that I have seen in a more regular manner.

Anyway, the 2015 movie Aloha is the first up with this format in mind.  I am a big fan of Hawaii and have had the opportunity to visit twice so any movie with Hawaii as a backdrop definitely appeals to me.

Aloha is a romantic comedy that stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams and that also has interesting appearances by Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin. That's a lot of star power in one movie. The story is that of a military contractor who meets up with a long lost girlfriend but falls for the Air Force pilot assigned to escort him while he is in Honolulu, Hawaii. The trailer fills you in a bit more:

The movie is rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments. As an adult, I found that language not terribly offensive. It was a small part of the movie. It has a non-explicit sexual situation and references and some alcohol, once again not offensive to me.

I would RECOMMEND this movie to anyone who enjoys a good romantic comedy. It is not perhaps the best one ever made but it is beautiful and Cooper and Stone had us laughing out loud quite a few times.

I would love to go back to Hawaii and stay airbnb style in the Christmas-kitschy house that starred in this movie.

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Quick Links:

Buy Aloha from Amazon.
Read about our Hawaii with kids vacation.
Discover our recommended Hawaiian souvenirs.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

From Fandango Movie Clips, here's an exciting video that shares the Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016 according to real movie goers like you and me. 

Anything here that peaks your insterest?

Find many more exciting and interesting movie trailers and lists at the Fandango Movieclips Youtube channel by clicking here.

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Star Wars Christmas Tree Ornament Set

Here's a cute set of Christmas tree ornaments form Hallmark. I love how this set includes four of our favorite Star Wars character including C3PO, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and R2D2, that they're dressed up a bit to resemble Christmas icons like Santa Claus, an elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and that they are boxed for Christmas gift giving.  They would suit any Star Wars geek either given as a set, given individually or given as a stocking stuffer.

Merry Christmas!

Quick Links:

Find these Star Wars Hallmark Christmas ornaments on Amazon.

How To Survive The Christmas Holidays According to the Movies

For movie fans, here's a fun video that describes, according to the movies, what you have to do to safely and sanely survive the Christmas holiday season.

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at the movies!

Christmas Movies:

A Very Brady (Bunch) Christmas Movie Review.
A Dog Named Christmas Movie Review.

Miss Piggy Covers Adele's Hello

Miss Piggy is in the news again. Seems she's popping up everywhere these days.  I enjoyed seeing her at the 2015 Country Music Awards when Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley joked about her split up with Kermit.  Now she's done a cover version of Adele's might just pull on your heart strings. Watch the video for yourself here:

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More Muppet Reading:

The Muppets Most Wanted Coffee Mugs.
The Best Muppet Christmas Shows and Movies.

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