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Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol's marriage is in a slump after 35 years. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.
Comedy - This is an ensemble romantic comedy aimed at women,
primarily older ones. Fans of all four veteran
actresses in the core cast will have plenty to enjoy,
but the number of familiar actors in the cast such as
Andy Garcia and Richard Dreyfuss have much smaller
supporting roles. Constant sex talk makes the film not
for kids, but said talk is not explicit in any way, in
line with the general taste of the target audience.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 4 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: A visible erection under pants. VIOLENCE: A comic slap. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter and wisecracks, often sex-related; suggestive sight gags.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...this fairly laugh-packed comedy aims to address the desire for intimate companionship in older adults.... "Book Club” might not be able to resist stooping to a cheap extended Viagra gag... But it generally strives to maintain the dignity of its seasoned cast while making hay off of their collective chemistry.
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average The insidious message of this insulting string of tired jokes disguised as a movie is that these four smart, funny, rigorously independent women, played by top actresses who fit the same description, can't find true happiness without a man. Seriously? In 2018?
Slant MagazineFull Review Average ...the film's attempts to wring big laughs out of hoary comic tropes like online dating, dirty double entendres, and male enhancement pills often come off as strained.. ...so paper-thin and frothy—the cinematic equivalent of the sort of beach read that would delight the women at the center of Holderman's film.
NewsdayFull Review Average A creaky late-life comedy, but Keaton and company give it some oomph. The bad news is that "Book Club,” is filled with cliches and innuendo that wouldn't be out of place in a James novel. The naughty metaphors are ancient, the sight gags obvious.
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