Book Club movie review
1 year ago Times of India 0
Book Club Story: Four best friends, Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Carol (Mary Steenburgen) and Sharon (Candice Bergen) meet every month for a book club. The senior citizen ladies stumble upon the novel 50 Shades Of Grey and after reading the high-on-sex content, each one experiences a life-changing event.
Book Club Review: ‘Book Club’ is a certified romcom with an old-school twist. The protagonists in this multi-track movie aren’t high school girls or young divas; they’re all 60-plus women. They try to rekindle romance into their lives, inspired by the risqué ideas in EL James’ novel, ’50 Shades Of Grey’. Their book club meetings turn into conversations about kinky and passionate sex. It’s fun to watch these seasoned women behave like teens while employing some hilarious double-meaning dialogues.
Diane is a widow and a mother who’s coping with her control-freak daughters after the recent loss of her husband. Vivian is an hotelier with commitment issues, Sharon is a federal judge who’s separated from her husband and Carol is a chef who’s going through a sexless period in her 35-year marriage. The characters are all typical middle-aged women who haven’t experienced the kind of sexual pleasures that are described in Christian Grey’s adventures. The fact that these women are portrayed by Hollywood greats like Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen makes things very interesting. Mary Steenburgen is a celebrated actress too. And once they start behaving like excited teenagers, the film becomes quite entertaining.
Not just the ladies, the film also has yesteryear actors like Don Johnson and Andy Garcia. There’s even a super cameo by Richard Dreyfuss. And yet, ‘Book Club’ isn’t just a nostalgic trip with familiar stars, it’s a fun film where oldies have as much fun, if not more, than millennials.
The only minor grouse with this romantic comedy is the fact that it doesn’t bring in the gravitas and depth that you’d want to see with such a fantastic line-up of acting legends. The film stays flaky and frivolous. Thankfully, it’s very entertaining and the sight of an 80-year-old Jane Fonda, looking like a million bucks throughout, is just a testament to the fact that somethings never get old. Ditto for romantic comedies.