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"Becoming Jane" *** (out of four): A charming period romance which casts Jane Austen as a budding young authoress stifled by the pride and prejudice of her time.

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It takes a small stretch of the imagination to place Jane Austen in one of her own novels. This conceit is the raison d’etre behind “Becoming Jane”, a charming period romance which casts Ms. Austen as a budding young authoress stifled by the pride and prejudice of her time. With such rich source material and such an obvious premise, the wonder is that the film wasn’t made sooner. The miracle is that it turned out so well.

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