Book Club Review

Book Club

In an attempt to watch more movies in the actual theater because if not I usually forget about them until there’s something on Hulu, Netflix, or HBO that say’s, “hey stupid remember that you wanted to see this movie!” I decided to go and see Book Club. It’s not one of those triple A movies like Jurassic World or The Incredibles 2, it’s one of those little obscure movies that would have been forgotten if I didn’t go see it in the theater. Anyway, I didn’t really know what to expect going in, so keep reading to find out what I thought about this movie.

The book club is about 4 lifelong friends, is there such a thing as lifelong friends anymore (?), who started a book club 40 years ago. You have Vivian, played by Jane Fonda, who is the successful hotel entrepreneur who said no to the marriage proposal from the love of her life many years ago and has concentrated on her success and sleeping around. Then there’s also Diane, played by Diane Keaton, who was the dedicated house wife whose husband just died and her two adult children think that she depended on her husband this whole time and because of that she needs to move to Arizona so they could take care of her. You also have Carol, played by Mary Steenburgen, who is a chief at her own restaurant and is celebrating her wedding anniversary but her marriage hasn’t been going anywhere since her husband retired a few months ago. Finally you have Sharon, played by Candice Bergen, who is a renowned judge and also happens to be living happily divorced for the past 18 years with her cat. All four women will come together once more to start reading 50 Shades of Grey. This book will make them look at their lives to see what’s missing and to see if after all these years they can get it back.

First I want to say that I really hate that they used 50 Shades of Grey as the book for this book club that makes them wake up and realize that there are things in their lives that need changing. Has 50 Shades of Grey served a purpose for anyone like that? No. Moving on past that though, I really enjoyed the movie and the message that each character had. Vivian’s message was that sometimes first love does last forever and it can come back to you even after you’ve let it go. Diane’s message was that even after what became a loveless marriage, you can move on and find not only yourself, but someone who makes you feel alive again. Carol’s message was that you can rekindle the spark that’s missing in a marriage that has lasted so long, and finally Sharron’s message was that after being alone for 18 years you can still have some hope of finding someone out there for you. After saying that, I have to bring the point that did these women really need to read 50 Shades of Grey and the other books that followed to discover this? No, but they do. Anyway, the movie isn’t about the book that they read, but the lives of these women. The lives that are supposed to be fragile and less because they’re older, but only show how strong they are as well as the bond of their friendship. They’ve seen each other through the best of times and they’ve seen each other through the worst of times. The main point is that they made it and even though they might be older, they’re still going on living their lives.

A huge kudos to the cast of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen who do an amazing and believable job of playing these friends who have known each other for a life time and really get each other. They’re all different, yet they bond over books and they share their life experiences with one another not only at each book club meeting, but throughout the whole month of reading each book. Another huge kudos goes out to the men in this movie who play their counterparts and this includes Don Johnson, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, and Richard Dreyfuss. Each person was matched up perfectly and I couldn’t have seen a better cast for this movie to make it more interesting.

Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.

I will say that this movie is a little long and loses a little bit of its oomph after a while, but it is an interesting one. I will also say that I kind of think this movie is not as believable due to the fact that each of these women’s lives were bettered because they read the 50 Shades of Grey saga. Sorry, this was just a really bad downer for me for this movie. When has reading porn made someone think, “Hey, I can really relate to this and I want to better my life because of it.” Never. That’s when. If you can look over that though, you’ll see a movie that is deep down funny and heart-warming. It shows that even after a certain age people can still be friends and that people can still grow. If you’re into those sappy chick-flicks that are about friendship and all that stuff then you’ll want to see this movie. If you’re not a real chick-flick type of person I would say move on because the chick-flick vibes are strong in this movie as it’s the definition of a chick-flick.

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