Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pop Culture Review: Book Club movie

Over the weekend, my husband and I went to see the movie Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candace Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time and finally took Chris to see it.



The plot is centered around four women who have been part of the same book club for 40 years. When we meet them, they are reading books that became movies and Vivian, played by Jane Fonda, introduces them to Fifty Shades of Grey.

As they begin to read the E.L. James book, they are all on the verge of major life changes.

Diane, played by Diane Keaton, has lost her husband and her children are encouraging her to move to Arizona where they are living, but she meets a man, played by Andy Garcia, with whom she begins a wild romance.

Vivian comes face to face with a man from her past.

Sharon, played by Candace Bergen, has been divorced for almost 20 years and is given the news that both her son and her ex-husband, played by Ed Begley, Jr., have gotten engaged.

Carol, played by Mary Steenburgen, hasn't had sex with her husband, played by Craig T. Nelson, in over six months.


I love all of these actresses (and the actors too), but I was not a fan of this movie. The concept was great! There were so many ways they could have written this, but I feel like they tried to cram too much plot into too short of a movie. That made the plot too thin and it did not do any of the characters the justice they deserved.

I thought I was going to see a movie about a book club while they were reading the 50 Shades of Grey series and I did see that, but I was hoping for more of the relationship between the women. I had a hard time believing that they had been friends for 5 years, let alone 40.

The actresses were stiff and the delivery of the jokes was awkward, which is hard for me to understand. All of these actors and actresses are famous for comedic roles, so it is baffling.


I was definitely disappointed in Book Club. If you want to see it, definitely wait until it is streaming for free somewhere.

Did you see Book Club? What did you think?

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