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The movie equivalent of a toenail-painting session, this adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's best seller centers on a group of unhappy women (Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace) and one mystified man (Hugh Dancy) who convene every month to dissect a Jane Austen novel. Lit crit fights a losing battle with chick lit as the women whine about their uncaring men (Jimmy Smits, boor-for-hire Marc Blucas) but ultimately wind up clinking champagne flutes at a dinner dance with all their romantic problems neatly resolved. Being male, I can't relate to this at all; on the other hand, I don't need Midol either, but I'm glad it's on the market. Robin Swicord directed. PG-13, 105 min.

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