Jane Austen’s Heroines Kick Butt. Literally.

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“No corsets, no hatpins and no crying” are the second, third and fourth rules of this Victorian lady’s fight club.  But you didn’t have to grow up in a country manor in the rolling hills of Steventon, Hampshire to know the first rule.  We all know the first rule of fight club, so let’s break it: let’s talk about fight club.

Sick of their oppressively passive lives, the women of Austen’s 19th century English gentry go about their sewing, piano-playing and courting duties with the sullen attitudes of teenage girls everywhere.  But when Pride & Prejudice’s Lizzie Bennett shows up to kick some butt, these ladies find liberation in knock-down brawls among the rose bushes.  It’s not easy to pull off a street-wise strut in your lacy undergarments, but it sure beats waiting around for a decent marriage proposal.

This hilarious spoof was the grand prize winner of a Santa Monica-based film festival.  The sponsor? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  That’s right.  To the list of winner Emily Janice Card’s influences, just below the societal reflections of a 19th century novelist, Quentin Tarantino’s adrenaline-infused Kill Bill soundtrack and the depraved sensibilities of David Fincher’s classic film, you can add the Mormon church.

Card, who plays Fannie in the film, is part of a group of young Mormon singles who put together spoof videos, play tag football and dine together, according to their Facebook page.

No word on whether a sequel is in the works, but the collective admirers on Boingboing, Jezebel and YouTube are certainly demanding one.

Meredith Melnick