Five women and one man form a book club to discuss Jane Austen's six novels. Each person is in the club for a different reason. Four of the women have known each other for many years, but the fifth woman and the man are strangers to everyone. As they read and discuss each book, they get to know each other - and themselves - a bit better.
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I found this book in a thrift store a few years ago and picked it up, having heard nothing about it before. It was quite enjoyable as I recall. I tried to get the girls in my book club to read it (not as a book club book, just on their own time) but they didn't go for it.
Anyway, I saw that the movie was on this week so I decided to watch it.
*** What I Think ***
The movie was really good! It seemed to follow the book, or at least what I remember of the book. Actually, I think I like the movie MORE than the book ... and that's unusual. I don't remember the book being quite so funny (I was laughing out loud watching this movie, even though I was home alone).
*** Some Specifics ***
I'll try to keep this spoiler free ...
- The token male in the club, Grigg, was hysterical (yes, it IS Grigg, not Gregg). Again, I don't remember him being so funny in the book. Of course, it didn't hurt that he was played by the very adorable Hugh Dancy.
- Prudy's character was horrible in the movie, at least during book club. I don't remember disliking her so much when I read the book. It WORKED though - she was supposed to be that way. It was quite well done.
- On the other hand, I think she has one of the best lines in any movie I've seen recently: "He looks at me like he's the spoon and I'm the dish of ice cream." Which sounds cheesy, until you know the context ... and then it is completely naughty.
- I love the way the romance blossoms between Grigg and ... (no I'm not going to spoil it for those who don't know what happens).
- One of the gals in the movie/book breeds Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I've wanted one of those dogs for years! Did you know that they were originally bred to fight off lions?! Now THAT is one cool dog. Have you ever seen one? They have this ridge of hair down their spine that goes in the wrong direction. Again, I say that is one.cool.dog.
- In the end, this is a movie (mostly) about the friendship between women, and it does a great job portraying the good parts.
*** Your Thoughts? ***
Have you read this book? Seen the movie? What did you think? If not, would you want to now? Tell me, Tell Me, TELL ME!