“Book Club”–movie review   Leave a comment

There is no doubt that if you enjoy watching actors Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton, let alone Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson among others this is a picture for you. Check out the trailer and what you see is what you get.

Hollywood seems to know only one way to deal with older stars in a picture of aging and that is using Viagra, raunchy lines, not to mention it being ‘shocking’ that ‘people of a certain age’ are still interested, and getting, in sex. You know how each will react to the situations they are put in but each brings that certain something that has made them a star to lines that would otherwise lay there flat.

Jane Fonda as a hotelier, Candice Bergen as a divorced Federal Judge, along with long wedded Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton as a widow add their own recognized special talents to put a twist on a situation and a smile on your face. You know who will be aggressive, which lady will be awkward, who will be the ‘mother’ of the group and who will be practical and devious in her own way.

The men really don’t stand a chance against these formidable women but it is fun to see Don Johnson and Andy Garcia play up the silver fox angle, Craig T. Nelson the ‘what is she up to’ regarding his wife while Richard Dreyfuss will sip wine with Bergen and make it fun.  By the way, wine is the unnamed co-star in many of the scenes as it seems to have replaced martinis in the movies.

“The Book Club” gives the audience a chance to relax with and enjoy old friends for an hour and 40 minutes. It is sort of a date movie for those over 50 who date though this was a pretty good crowd for a Friday audience, those who probably won’t go to see “Deadpool 2” until next week, like me and Allen.

Diane Keaton was the best of the actresses while Jane Fonda’s haircut and color drove me to distraction and not in a good way. Between the actors, Don Johnson surprised me the most as I wasn’t a fan of his before but he looked good and made his role interesting. Candice Bergan looks ready to revive her Murphy Brown role!

I recommend “Book Club” for enjoying 104 minutes of fun, relaxation and seeing pros at work.


Movie Trailer



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