May 26, 2018

Review: BOOK CLUB

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Old Is Gold, Comedy Is Fun, 
But Romance Is A Tad Creepy.

2 stars

Mini Review:

Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia… Awesome actors all, in a comedy that is fun and frothy up to a point. Then the whole thing becomes a tad creepy and derails with scenes of these actors getting hot and heavy. But the film is waaaay better than Last Vegas where you saw grown up (read ‘old’) actors tried to make out with young, nubile girls!

Main Review:

Jane Fonda is 80 years old. And she shames young actors not just by having a body that is enviable, and acting chops that will decimate anyone in the business.

Candice Bergen as a Federal Judge is brilliant. And you see why Richard Dreyfuss would want to get into the back seat of a car. 

Diane Keaton was a little annoying when she was younger, but she’s okay because Andy Garcia makes her look normal.

Mary Steenburgen is paired with Craig T Nelson, and the romance between the two married folks is funny but makes you shudder imagining old people having ‘the drive’.

The idea of these four girlfriends being a part of a book club is delightful and if you have close friends, you would want to see the film with them.

Romance is really wonderful when Don Johnson makes Jane Fonda jump into a fountain…

The way the film has been treated, you know they are ageist. It is like us Indians. You don’t want anyone over thirty behaving like they are sexual creatures, even though you don’t mind a fifty year old Salman Khan romancing 22 something heroines…I too was taken aback by the visual of Candice Bergen losing her push up bra in Richard Dreyfuss’s shirt, but my sense of humor brought me right back on the lighter track when I saw his face dotted with lipstick marks!  

It’s a lighthearted comedy, and it is fun to watch such good actors behave like teenagers do. I will watch it with my girlfriends, and surely when it shows up on TV. 


  

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