Book Club

 (5,492)6.11 h 43 min2018X-RayPG-13
Four friends' (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen) lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Also starring Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson.
Bill Holderman
Diane KeatonJane FondaCandice Bergen
English [CC]
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Mary SteenburgenCraig T. NelsonAndy GarciaDon Johnson
Andrew DuncanAlex SaksBill HoldermanErin SimmsTed DeikerAlan C. Blomquist
Paramount Pictures
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Amazon customerReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous and talented men and women, not a bad actor in the bunch. And the lamest script ever.
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So I was a little nervous when I saw the women simpering over "50 Shades of Grey" in ads for the movie. I figured it had to have a big funny turn coming. And you see a romantic comedy written about folks of "a certain age", and I thought, "okay, this could be interesting." Nope. First you have the flat, unfunny screenplay. It is more of an outline, or a gloss of what the story could be, without a single truly funny joke. And whenever there is a chance for the actors to be sexy and engaging, the movie veers off in another direction. I live in L.A. and have had occasion to meet many of the players in this film. And you know what? They are still sexy, and they still have that indefinable something that makes people sit up and take notice. Call it charisma, or whatever you like, they have it in abundance. But not in this film. I get the feeling that whoever wrote this, they are fairly young. They don't really think older people can be romantic, sexy or interesting. It feels more like a "hey this will be a commercial idea." Not when you don't have romance or comedy in the script from the start. This is what these actors are offered? Such a shame. And the directing tries desperately to get some dynamics, some sort of energy into scene after scene. But it is impossible. Did somebody write this about their mother, but they don't really know her very well? The women simper, and practically get the vapors, or do the old Monty Python "nudge nudge, wink wink" bit over the Grey novel. Really? Have they been sequestered in a nunnery?

The Andy Garcia character scolds and corrects Diane Keaton's character for not answering the phone "the right way." He says let's try that again and hangs up to call her back. And by golly, she picks up the phone, and in a completely non-ironic way says "hello" like a little girl. I don't know any man who would do this, and certainly not a successful airline pilot. And if he did, no female over 13 would even pick up the phone again, except to tell him where he can put his proper way to answer her own phone!
Over drinks with Garcia, Diane Keaton's character says she had her first kiss with "Terry Saunders", in elementary school. And Garcia's character says, "Was that a boy or a girl?" and she says, "Well a girl! Obviously." Why obviously? How is it that these women are so boring, and speak as if they are out of a really bad B reel from the 1950's? Why?

And all four actresses are great at snappy, funny, smart woman dialogue. Why does the movie dumb, dumb, dumb them down? Keaton's character is afraid of, well everything, and in a damn dumb way. Steenburgen is given not even one crappy joke. And somehow, she needs to be told about Viagra, and have it explained by her friend. Okay. Candace Bergen is written as someone who moves through each scene declaiming, "can we stop talking about sex? Enough with penises already." So why is she friends with these women, and in a Book Club where they choose to read the "Grey" novel? Does the writer or writers of the movie not want to know that their moms did it, and still do it if they have the opportunity? Or their dads either? Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, and Don Johnson do what they can, but the movie tones each of them down too. Such a waste.

A grown daughter say to her mom, "Oh I forget how your generation gets dressed up to fly on an airline." Everyone in the movie sees people only in terms of them being older. There are many exchanges like this, but they aren't funny, just plop out of the actors mouths, and sit there. And no one reacts to these odd statements, they just keep a going.

Why aren't any of these characters bisexual or gay, or at least examining who they are?

Why cast talented, great looking actors and stars, and then desex them, dumb them down, and trot them out to plod around in this lukewarm pond? Oh and a lot of whining and whinging, especially from Keaton's character.

Is this a movie about characters reading a recent best selling book and movie, and it triggering change in their lives, or maybe this is a movie hoping to ride the financial coattails of an extremely successful book, (books) and movie? Such an odd attempt. And then it flattens every little sexy bit of these men and women, and every witty bit too. Instead we get the dreaded, "and then this happens, and then this happens, and then this happens and on and on" never any increase in tension or spinning the comedy higher and higher. Just one foot after the other, for no particular reason. First Steenburgen's character speechifies to her husband, and then Fonda to Don Johnson. Towards the end, poor Candace Bergen has to deliver a "neither or borrower nor a lender be" speech, that is painful to watch. Finally, Diane Keaton has her blechy speech to her obnoxious daughters because if they weren't obnoxious, she wouldn't get to deliver the speech. Oy.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Can I have my $5.99 back?
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Great cast wasted on an insipid script. One junior-high school double entendre after another. The female characters were weak and stupid while somehow holding important positions, and the situations were ridiculous and unfunny. Skip this if you are over 12.
187 people found this helpful
A. CollinsReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really good movie for us who are of a 'certain age' LOL
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I very seldom can find any new movies I want to watch because I'm older now and most of the movies are of the 'action/adventure' type, or too violent, or the cast is just too young and I find them dull and predictable. I don't want to watch a bunch of kids now that I'm older (kids being anyone 35 and under - LOL). This movie has a great cast for people born in the 50s and 60s who want to see more mature actors. It was funny and poignant in places; I just would like to have seen a bit more resolution of some of the relationships, and definitely more of Richard Dreyfuss and Andy Garcia. All-in-all I enjoyed it and recommend it for the 50 and over crowd.
141 people found this helpful
Thomas F HallReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
So bad we couldn't finish it
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I have long wished Hollywood still made movies for older Americans. However, if this is their stab at it, they need to think again. The movie is all about oversexed couples in their later years having sexual and romantic encounters. I have seen movies where that was well done, and with some chemistry between the man and woman. This one fell flat. The story was boring, their was no interest, and I so regret that these so talented actors and actresses have to accept horrible roles like this. We older people know how to be alive and fully human without being sex fiends!
168 people found this helpful
Debbie Kern YoungReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slice-of-life film about friendship, marriage & dating.
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I really enjoyed the movie & don’t understand some of the negative reviews.

This film is as much about women’s friendships as it is about dating & marriage in your later years. It discusses sex, which is a natural part of life, while not vulgarizing it like many current films do. The movie is poignant & at times funny. I didn’t consider it a comedy, more of a slice-of-life narrative.

The cast is wonderful. Yes, all of the actresses are more glamorous & their characters more professionally/economically successful than many of us are (I noticed some reviewers complained about this) but I love a little escapism.

I consider Book Club a comfort film - hopeful, sweet & great home porn (the houses are gorgeous). It’s a tamer Sex & the City for those of us in the winter of our lives.
111 people found this helpful
CatzzReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great movie showing life isn't over until its over. Wonderful perspective from a life experienced woman's view. Easy to see why these 4 women are long time stars ... masters of their craft ... and doing comedy, one of the hardest genres to be skilled at. Happily recommend to any woman of a certain age and mentality. Bravissimo!!
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Joy L. SwatsworthReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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So, I love all the actors in this movie. Adore a few of them. But, against popular opinion I found this movie to be sooooooo cheesy...unbelievable & painful to watch. I was embarrassed for the actors, the directors & the casting agent. The pairing up of the couples was just not all....I tried to love it. I really did but I just couldn't. The plot, the acting were just beneath the level of actors in this movie. So, don't buy it for isn't a keeper.
131 people found this helpful
KatersReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a fun movie I watched it twice!
I have been waiting for a movie like this. I am so tired of the superhero movies that have coming out almost non-stop. This was a really fun, albeit predictable movie. The characters were fun and certainly the actors playing them were perfect for the parts they had. It has been way too long that Candice Bergen has been in a movie. She is absolutely hysterical and really "makes" the movie. The men in the movie were also good and a couple great surprises.
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