When I first saw what movie my mom had rented, I was disappointed. I did not want to watch another historical drama. She had picked “Becoming Jane.” I imagined it to be a cookie-cutter movie about how an impertinent young woman overcomes gender discrimination. Having thoroughly enjoyed “Miss Potter,” I was expecting “Becoming Jane” to be a cheap knockoff, at best.
The movie starts with a young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) being forced by her mother to attend a ball with a disappointing escort, whom her own father describes as a “booby.” Jane is determined not to marry for money, or without love, which frustrates her parents.
After the ball, Jane’s brother returns home from school with a friend from London, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). Tom is in law school and has quite a reputation.
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