BOOK CLUB – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 44 mins.  

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BOOK CLUB – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 44 mins.  

Director:  Bill Holderman 

Writers:  Bill Holderman, Erin Simms 

Starring:  Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr. 

“Ladies, I am not going to let us become those people, who stop living, before they stop living…” 

As we venture into the lives of four good friends…Widow Diane (Diane Keaton), Hotelier Vivian (Jane Fonda), Judge Sharon (Candice Bergen) and Happy Housewife Carol (Mary Steenburgen) …it seems that their mature existences in this life have become rather stale…right along with their respective love lives…

When Vivian decides that their monthly book club should venture down the path of reading “50 shades of Grey” …it seems that a lot more than their minds are going to be stimulated, with the knowledge they are about to gain from this little novel

And soon our ladies “of a certain age” find, once they have broadened their minds to the sexual desires of Mr. Christian Grey, and his lover Anastasia, that they are correct in the assumption that their lives ~ and especially their sex lives ~ aren’t quite up to par.  Thus, leaving each of them with a sense that they need to “spice things up a little”, which leads them all to the same burning question ~ HOW???

I give BOOK CLUB a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! ~ From the superb cast, to the “not so much talked about” storyline, BOOK CLUB is a definite must see for all the “mature ladies” this time around!  I haven’t laughed so hard in ages, and if you have been had the opportunity to read the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy, then you will definitely enjoy this adorable film even more.  Each one of these ladies couldn’t have been cast better in their respective roles either, bringing a genuineness and a realism, that you don’t find in many movies anymore.  And as wonderful as these Academy Awarding winning, and nominated actresses are, their counterparts throughout the film, are as wonderfully cast as well.  From the newly retired character, played by Craig T. Nelson, to the gorgeous and unattached character, played by Andy Garcia, to the suave, but oh so smitten return of “Mr. Charisma” himself, Don Johnson…this film is as star laden as they come. But surprisingly too, it doesn’t feel as contrived, and forced as you might be expecting…making it an absolutely wonderful film to view.  BOOK CLUB and its comedic take on life, is best suited for “mature audiences”, leaving me to suggest that if you are anywhere near 40, or if you love any of these actors as much as I do, or if you just loved reading “50 shades of Grey”, you have to head out to a theater near you this weekend to check out BOOK CLUB…and of course, with all your girlfriends in tow J

Kathy Kaiser