The Book Club supports the theory that age is no barrier to living life to its fullest.
The film’s leads – Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen – show they haven’t lost their ability to light up the screen.
The theme of the movie – you’re never too old to want a loving, intimate relationship – is equally apt.
The film tells of four successful women who, since forming a book club 40 years ago, have met monthly to discuss the books they have read and just as importantly, to share their personal lives!
There’s Sharon (Bergen), a federal judge who hasn’t been on a date since she divorced her husband (Ed Begley Jr) many years ago. He is now engaged to a much younger woman.
Carol (Steenburgen) is a famous chef and restaurateur, who is married to the recently retired Bruce (Craig T. Nelson). He has lost interest in having sex.
Diane (Keaton) recently lost her husband and her two grown daughters (Alicia Silverstone and Katie Aselton) are pressuring her to move to Arizona where they can keep an eye on her – given her age!
Vivian (Fonda) is a wealthy hotel owner who refuses to get entangled in any serious romance for fear of getting hurt.
It’s Vivian who shakes up all their lives by choosing E.L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey as the book of the month. After reading the book, all question their lives, particularly their lack of an intimate relationship.
At the same time Vivian reunites with old flame Arthur (Don Johnson) and Diane meets a handsome pilot, Mitchell (Andy Garcia), on a flight to Arizona. Both men keenly pursue the hesitant women.
Sharon decides to try on-line dating. One of her dates with an accountant (Richard Dreyfus) is successful, while the other with a doctor (Wallace Shawn), isn’t. Meanwhile, Carol takes decisive action to spice up her relationship with Bruce.
While the results of the four’s experiences are generally predictable, the film still entertains thanks to the skill of the four leads. Watching them in action it’s easy to understand why they have been, and should continue to be, screen icons.
The Book Club officially opens in cinemas on August 23.
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