Despite playing with the boys, Jerusha Hess would rather make films for girls

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Jerusha Hess says her scripts for “boy movies” such as “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004), “Nacho Libre” (2006), and “Gentlemen Broncos” (2009), all directed and co-written by her husband, Jared Hess, triggered a bit of head-scratching from her mother.

“My mother says, ‘What happened in your childhood?’ I say, ‘Mom, you provided me with seven brothers.’ I was in a boy world my whole life,” says Hess, 33, in Boston recently to talk about he latest film.

That film, “Austenland,” marks Hess’s directing debut. More important, it gave her the chance to “jump into a pink world and get it out of my system.” She describes “Austenland,” which opens here Aug. 30 as such a “girly movie” that it’s “wrapped in a pink, feathery bow.”

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