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Movie Review: Book Club

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital is the romantic comedy Book Club. 

Book Club has an all-star cast including Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Andy Garcia, Candace Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson.

I’m impressed by this stellar cast.

Vivian (Fonda), Diane (Keaton), Sharon (Bergen) and Carol (Steenburgen) are life long friends. They have known each other for 30+ years.

Vivan is a successful business owner who owns hotels. Diane is a widow who keeps herself busy with her home and grown children. Sharon is a judge and Carol is happily married to Bruce (Nelson) and his active in charities.

Aside from Carol, the other ladies are all single. Vivian never married, although she almost married a man named Arthur when she was younger. Diane’s husband died a couple of years ago and Sharon is divorced. Her husband is about to marry a much younger lady (it’s that always the case?).

Each month the friends get together to discuss a book. It’s their own personal book club. It’s their chance to drink wine and chat about their lives too.

(L-R) Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen in the film, BOOK CLUB, by Paramount Pictures

When it’s Vivian’s turn to select the book, she chooses Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. If you are unfamiliar with the book, Fifty Shades of Grey is about a couple of engage in a lot of S & M sexual practices, among other things.

The women were reluctant to read the book at first, but eventually gave in. They were so into the book that they couldn’t put it down.

The book inspires Sharon to join online dating. The book also makes Carol crave more attention from her husband Bruce who has been distant from her since he retired.

Vivian happens to bump into her former fiancee, Arthur (Johnson), who is in town for a meeting. He suggests that they meet up for coffee.

On a plane ride to visit her daughters in Arizona, Diane (Keaton) meets a very handsome stranger who is seated next to her named Mitchell (Garcia). Mitchell happens to be an airline pilot.

The book causes their lives to turn upside down. Each lady is looking for love, but will they ever find it? Can you find love that easily, especially when you are older? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Book Club. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I loved this film. I really did. I thought it was a great mix of humor and romance.

I enjoyed the fact that they used older actors to portray the characters in this film. I don’t think the film would have been as good if they used twenty-somethings to portray the characters in the film.

All of the actors looked amazing. They also proved that they still have their acting chops and younger Hollywood actors should keep that in mind. Just because these actors are older does not mean they are out of the game.

I really liked each of the story lines that the main characters (women) had. They were all believable and I’m sure that a lot of people, both young and old, could relate to them.

Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfus and Ed Begley Jr. are also featured in this film as Diane’s daughter, Sharon’s love interest and Sharon’s ex-husband, respectively.

This film might be considered a “chick flick,” which is why my husband wasn’t really interested in it. In a way it is, but I think men can appreciate it too. It’s all about finding love, and everyone can relate to that.

There are some bonus features with this film. I don’t have my copy handy, but I know the features included how they brought the film to life and how they went about to get the actors to play the roles. There are also cast interviews about the film and their co-workers.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Did you see Book Club? If so, what did you think about the film?

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Abigail Gibson says

    Thank you for providing this review. I plan on taking my grandmother to see this.

  2. thanks for the review I have not seen this movie yet but I will soon

  3. shelly peterson says

    Great review. I am excited to see this. It looks really good.