MOVIE REVIEW

“Book Club”
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2018
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for sex-related material throughout and for language)

As the saying goes, one can’t judge a book by its cover. However, as to the movie “Book Club,” one can judge a film by its cast.

“Book Club” is essentially the type of story one might find on television’s Hallmark Channel, although this one might be considered a bit too risqué for that network’s lineup. The iconic cast includes such screen luminaries as Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candace Bergen whose characters gather regularly to discuss good reads. Their book club sessions are kicked-up a notch when the chosen selection is the sexually charged “Fifty Shades of Grey.” At first the offering turns the faces of many in the group fifty shades of red, but it soon becomes the catalyst for increased confidence and empowering change in each of the characters and their respective relationships with the men in their lives, or lack thereof in some instances.

Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, and Andy Garcia are strong and believable in their supportive roles, and it is good to see Richard Dreyfuss back on the big screen, albeit in a very short but fun sequence with Ms. Bergen. In fact, it is good to see all these actors collaborating, and that is reason enough to catch “Book Club.”

Director Bill Holderman, working from a script he co-wrote with Erin Simms, delivers a film that will resonate with its target audience, while also be appealing to others who want to have a few laughs, enjoy some poignant moments, and relish in watching veteran actors doing what they do best.

Here’s hoping for another cinematic chapter for this “Book Club.”

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