DIRECTOR: bill hoderman (debut)
STARRING: jane fonda, diane keaton, candice bergen, and mary steenburgen
REVIEWER: lyall carter
The lives of four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey" at their book club, catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.
I've never been a part of a book club. I tried to start one up once but I had trouble with the flyers and then...anyway. Enough about that. I've also never been and probably never will be a middle aged woman. So I having not been in a book club and without much of a chance of becoming a middle aged lady I'm the completely wrong demographic for Book Club. But it was an absolute treat.
Book Club follows four best friends who, in their younger years, started a book club and have kept meeting every week and grown older together. They are all at different stages in life: a widow, a divorcee, married, and never has and never will settle down. At one of their book club meets they all decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey and it turns all of their lives upside down.
The story hums along at a great pace and is laugh your pants off funny with the whole cinema constantly roaring with laughter throughout. Even though the story is predictable and even though you can see what is coming a mile away without crystal ball gazing, its heart felt cinema at its best. A film can be entirely enjoyable without it being groundbreaking and award winning - something that I think film critics have lost sight of.
The ensemble cast is superb with the four main leads not putting a single foot wrong. They're funny, frustrated, vulnerable and wonderfully human all wrapped up together.
A heart felt laugh fest that will leave a smile on your face long after you've left the cinema.