Lost in Austen (2008 Film)
About the Film
Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she’s swapped places with Austen’s fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.
Lost in Austen is a hilarious movie about a fangirl’s dreams come true. Amanda is a modern-day Austenite Londoner who discovers that a panel in her bathroom leads into the upper floors of the Bennet home in fictional Georgian England. Amanda ends up switching places with Elizabeth, and starts messing up the story from Day One. Wacky hijinks ensue as characters fall in love (or worse, marry!) the wrong people. And to top it all off, Amanda finds Mr. Darcy just as insufferable as Elizabeth does.
I could not stop laughing. Between the behind-the-scenes looks at Austen’s characters (Mr. Bennet’s first name is Claude) and Amanda’s penchant for saying exactly what you’d want to in that situation (warning Wickham to keep his distance), every minute was a delight. The clash of modern and Regency gives the story lots of twists and humor. And for fans of Colin Firth’s Darcy, there’s a small tribute you’re sure to enjoy.
There are a few minor problems with the movie. For someone who claims to be a huge Jane Austen fan, Amanda actually knows very little about how Regency life worked. Most of her screw-ups come from ignoring basic rules about manners and society. There’s also at least one blip in the scenery, with Mr. Collins’ vicarage seeming to be at both Rosings and Pemberley.
But overall, this is a great movie, and I can’t recommend it enough!