Movie Review: Book Club

Book club: the moive imageWhat happens when four members of a long-running book club decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey? When the book club members are Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Jane Fonda, a lot of chuckles and quite a few laugh-out-loud one-liners.

In the movie Book Club, each of the women is successful in their lives but all have different circumstances. One is a divorcée whose husband is about to marry a younger woman, one has vowed never to commit to any one person, one finds the spark has gone out of her sex life with her husband, and one is a widow whose daughters think she needs to settle down to a quiet life. They all long for something more.

When I watched the show with members of my book club we were most taken with Candice Bergen’s portrayal of Sharon, a federal judge who goes on Bumble to find men to date. Her misadventures with setting up a profile and finding someone to connect to were funny and cringe-worthy. We envied Diane Keaton as Diane, who finds romance in the desert with an airline pilot. We sympathized with Carol, played by Mary Steenburgen, who loves her husband, but after many years of marriage doesn’t know how to connect with him. Her mistakes were well-meaning and tenderhearted. Jane Fonda’s character of Vivian was the least relatable, but we still enjoyed watching her interact with Don Johnson.

It was fun to see matches with other male characters, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss and Ed Begley, Jr., some of whom we hadn’t seen onscreen in a while.

Book Club is fun to watch and I expect viewers can enjoy it whether or not they are in a book club, but among book club members it’s likely to evoke memories of their own meetings over the years and inspire talk about memorable books and activities they have shared.

I received a copy of the DVD in exchange for my honest review.

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