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Still shot from the movie: Becoming Jane.

Becoming Jane

How did Jane Austen become a great romance novelist? This movie peeks into the personal life of the British author (played by Anne Hathaway) --especially the state of her heart after the headstrong young lady meets an attractive scoundrel named Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 09 Aug 2007
Video Release: 11 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Becoming Jane Rated PG?


While content is limited, this film was re-edited to gain a PG rating from the MPAA (it was originally rated PG-13). Content includes a skinny-dipping scene in which two males are seen from behind, stripping off their clothes and jumping into the water. A man reads a sensual text (which speaks of a woman’s breasts), after which he implies his female listener needs to be more sexually experienced. We also see the book’s illustration, which depicts a man dragging a woman who is partially undressed. A fight between men upon whom wagers are placed results in a bloodied face. Language is limited to one mild profanity and one term of deity.

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