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Book Club

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Bill Holderman
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Ensemble comedy starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. When the four members of a book club settle on saucy novel Fifty Shades of Grey as their next read, each of the women finds her life changed in unexpected ways.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A famous cast heads up this ensemble comedy focusing on four old friends who take the outrageous decision that, despite their age, their personal lives are not over. Refusing to "act their age" are Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen, high achievers who meet up every week to discuss a literary selection. Keaton is a widow, Steenburgen a wife whose marriage has gone stale and Bergen a wealthy divorcee. They raise eyebrows when entrepreneur Fonda suggests they all study Fifty Shades of Grey. Perhaps predictably, the book impacts each of their lives in a sexual fashion but Book Club is more about finding a new way to be, rather than rumpy-pumpy. As no one grapples with poverty or illness, this comedy is pure escapism, akin to riding off into the romantic sunset. In that way, it's a perfect comedy. Deceptively simple, the film tackles awkward questions about ageing and actually answers them. Don't sneer at Book Club's simplicity: it is also nimble, empowering and funny. And there's wine in almost every scene.

Credits

Cast

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DianeDiane Keaton
VivianJane Fonda
SharonCandice Bergen
CarolMary Steenburgen
BruceCraig T Nelson
MitchellAndy Garcia
ArthurDon Johnson
GeorgeRichard Dreyfuss
TomEd Begley Jr
DerekWallace Shawn
JillAlicia Silverstone
AdrianneKathryn Aselton

Crew

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DirectorBill Holderman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2018-06-01
Languages
English | French | Hungarian | Spanish
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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