Here's how the film is summed up on imdb.com:
The book was great fun (my take here) but I could see from the trailer that director Jerusha Hess had taken the conceit - that of Austenland being a fully immersive experience for Austen addicts - and pumped up the volume. Over the top. YES! Hilariously so.Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.
Keri Russell is fine as the woman desperately searching for her Mr. Darcy; she's the right age and evoked an air of hopefulness despite carrying her emotional baggage full of dashed dreams and disappointments with her. Both actors charged with charming her Jane character - JJ Field as the Darcy-like Mr. Nobley and Brett McKenzie as Martin, a groundskeeper - are attractive and appealing.
But it's scene-stealing Jennifer Coolidge (known for Legally Blonde and the American Pie movie) as Miss Elizabeth Charming who sells the whole package. She enters the room, big, blond, mouthy and while never having read a page of Jane Austen (Who's that?) is ready to rumble.
As far as Ms Charming is concerned, Austenland is a great big party and she, the purchaser of a platinum package - is the guest of honor. And she'll be damned if she doesn't have a bloody good time. She plays it to the hilt, putting on a dreadfully bad British accent, trying to teach Jane just how to say 'blasted'.
I thought the movie was going to be bloody awful but it was the complete opposite; I think I started laughing as soon as I saw Jane's fussy room and her life-sized cut out of Collin Firth as Mr. Darcy and it just built from there.
Austenland stars Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour - so funny as the snarky snooty Mrs. Wattlebrook, Brett McKenzie, JJ Field, and Georgia King, the third of the trio of ladies being seduced. The movie is available on blu-ray and on Amazon to stream instantly. I can't imagine any fan of Jane Austen or Shannon Hale's Austenland not having an enormously good time watching this movie. As you know I don't do a rating system, but if I did, I'd give Austenland 5 out 5 Mr. Darcy's - high praise indeed.
Here's the trailer