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Comedy - Romantic

Book Club (2018)

Elevator Pitch

Four friends, now possibly in their sixties, have met regularly as a book club and reviewed works of fiction. One has been recently widowed, one divorced for 18 years, is a judge, one a hotel owner, has commitment issues and the fourth, a restauranteur has a husband who has lost interest in sex. When they read “Fifty Shades of Grey” they are motivated to make changes and to find new partners or to re-engergise old ones.


We have some narration accompanying group photos of the ladies as they grow older, then they discuss the book a bit, usually drinking wine. Diane is being pushed by her daughters to move to Arizona but meets an attractive older man on the way; Vivian is pursued by an old flame but is not allowing herself to be caught, Sharon becomes involved in on line dating and Mary attempts to excite her husband with no success. So sex talked about and implied, but really little to offend – other than the whole premise.

A View Although the cast is charming, Don Johnson particularly standing out, this is not enough to hold the very thin tale together. The moment when  we get to the ill advised addition of Viagra to the husband’s beer could be the time when we walk out, thereby retaining our self respect. But that said, many critics quite liked it, and I am one of the minority who thought it was dire.
Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Bill Holderman
Writers/Script Bill Holderman, Erin Simms
Starring Diane Keaten, Jan Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Ed Begley Jr, Richard Dreyfus, Alicia Silverstone, Mircea Monroe
Additional Info One of the few films to cover its productions costs (estimated at $10 million) on its first weekend recouping $13 million.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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