Starring Jane Fonda (80), Candice Bergen (72), Diane Keaton (72) and Mary Steenburgen (65), Book Club tells the story of four best friends who rediscover themselves while reading the Fifty Shades (of Gray, Darker and Freed) trilogy in the book club they started 40 years earlier.
I list the ages of the actresses because it is important to do so since the movie is about aging and humorously challenges the audiences’ ageist ideas. Written/directed by Bill Holderman and co-writer Erin Simms, Book Club does a good job of looking at aging from different perspectives, under different circumstances, with individual outcomes. Book Club never gets too heavy while delivering a message to empower seniors and educate those who hope to become seniors one day; that message being, the labels “Older” and “Old” do not have to be synonymous with “lifeless.”
Book Club vaguely reminded me of The Golden Girls. There is a reason why everyone loved/loves The Golden Girls so much. That show shocked us by shattering our collective ageist stereotypes like no other show before it. Any time this is attempted in the post-Golden Girls era, it creates an endearing nostalgia in me for those who were not only the first, but the best to ever do it. I’m all for any project which further destroys the outdated images of older women being “dried up” and sexually disinterested.
This movie is super cute. How could it not be? Look who’s in it! Four women who have held themselves together pretty well over the years (of course, keeping in mind that they are rich, which arguably makes it easier to do). I must say, Diane Keaton makes me want to make her some cheese grits with pork chops and gravy. She is (a phrase I thought I would never use in this lifetime) too thin. Those beautiful, stylish, often-times voluminous clothes that are her trademark now wrap around her too much and dwarf her, making already slight figure look frail and poor at times. Love her though, but Dear Diane, please put on 10 pounds. It’s okay now! She delivers in true Keaton fashion, doing what she does in the way only she can. Jane Fonda can do no wrong on a screen as far as I’m concerned. Candice Bergen looks great and even pokes fun at her weight. Steenburgen’s voice is just comic gold here.
I laughed out loud a couple of times, but the humor in Book Club is subtle, mature and well balanced. It’s like a coming of age story for the older generation. And this is not just another “chick flick.” Don Johnson (68 and still hot by the way), Ed Begley. Jr. (68) Andy Garcia (62 who looks better than he ever did before) and Craig T. Nelson (74) play the male counterparts to these ladies and do a great job. So there is a realistic male perspective to this story as well.
Book Club earned 7.5 out of 10 bloops. It is a good movie that shouldn’t be missed, but I’ll stop short of declaring it “great”. It is an enjoyable movie that will appeal to all ages, from the older crowd, to Fonda’s new found fans from Grace and Frankie, male and female alike. Book Club helps to debunk stereotypes about older people, and allows older actors and actresses to shine. Go see it with your girls or drag your old man or your old lady. I think you’ll all enjoy it.
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1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
What I’m seeing/reviewing next…
I’m so far behind I don’t know where to begin! I haven’t been to the movies in a full month due to circumstances beyond my control, and I, along with this blog, have been slowly dying!!! I haven’t even seen Deadpool! So, bear with me while I catch up. In the meantime, I still have to see what is upcoming and keep up there as well. Such is blog life…
Ocean’s Eight – Which, by the way, if I didn’t have this blog I would have zero interest in seeing and I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised. While I cared for each of the stars of the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960), I didn’t care for Oceans 11 because it was simply a chance for a bunch of rich guys who happened to be friends to get together and goof off on screen. It is for the same reason I did not care for the 2001 remake and have never watched any of its subsequent installments.
Plus I have a few older reviews on ice I’ll be putting out whether the movie is still in the theater or not. It’s gotta come out on blue ray/dvd and start streaming sometime, so I might be able to help you save a couple of hours of your life doing something more constructive than watching a bad movie. You’re welcome..
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
The Florida Project
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Big Sick
All Eyez on Me
It Comes at Night
The Wedding Plan
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kong: Skull Island
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
I Am Not Your Negro