Directed by Bill Holderman
Four old friends remember they like sex.
Attention, ladies: The “wine-mom film of the year” has arrived, said Abbey Bender in Time Out New York. Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen make quite the quartet in this “somewhat cheesy but occasionally charming” ode to late-in-life romance. The stars play old friends who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey in their long-standing book club, inspiring each of them to seek better sex lives. Too bad most of the jokes are toothless, said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. “Apparently, the best Hollywood can do for legendary actresses who’ve had the temerity to grow older is an inane romantic comedy written at the level of a greeting card.” Book Club has a few good moments, as when Keaton, glasses askew, dreamily tells a new beau about her first kiss, but the writing’s generally so feeble it “made me angry.” At least the women know Fifty Shades is trash, and if you relish escapism, Book Club can be “exceedingly enjoyable,” said Katie Walsh in the Chicago Tribune. Bergen’s dry wit is so welcome, her character should have her own movie—“90 minutes of her awkward dates and drinking white wine with her cat, Ginsberg.”
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