Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Book Club Is Fifty Shades of Hollywood Legends' Talent Wasted

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Book Club Is Fifty Shades of Hollywood Legends' Talent Wasted

Article excerpt

Byline: Wenlei Ma

Book Club

Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T Nelson.

Director: Bill Holderman

Rating: M

Reviewer: Wenlei Ma

Verdict:

OH my. Mature women getting in on the Fifty Shades action? That sounds like the worst premise for a non-parody movie.

Fortunately, very little of Book Club is actually about the bedroom shenanigans of Christian Grey and what's-her-name.

Unfortunately, Book Club is only marginally better than the Fifty Shades trilogy, wasting its roster of talented and magnetic female legends.

For 40 years, friends Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Carol (Mary Steenburgen) and Sharon (Candice Bergen) have met up for a monthly book club in which the wine flows as freely as the conversation and confidences.

When one of them suggests the next title, Fifty Shades of Grey, the others scoff. But the book turns out to be a wake-up call - every one of them seems to be stuck in some kind of rut.

Diane's husband died not long ago and her two adult daughters are trying to make her move to Arizona, where they live, and away from her home in California, fearing their mother will meet all kinds of perilous ends, you know, because of her advanced age.

When she meets the handsome Mitchell (Andy Garcia), she becomes open to a possibility she long ago discarded.

Hotelier and heart-breaker Vivian runs into an old flame, Arthur (Don Johnson), a man she hasn't seen in four decades. He tries to woo her with romantic gestures but Vivian is afraid of genuinely connecting with someone. She says she's great at forecasting risk, having saved herself a lot of divorce money by never having married.

Carol is happily married to Bruce (Craig T Nelson), or so she thought. Ever since Bruce retired, he seems to be at a loss and has no interest in sparking things up in the bedroom or "crazy hot sex". …

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