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Tuesday:) Toni’s Movie Review: BOOK CLUB

23 May

“Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.”

~Martha Beck


I decided last minute to go and check out the movie, “Book Club.” I went by myself and just assumed the theatre would be empty. It usually is during the week at 2 pm. Today, there was a long line, and it looked like everyone was going to see that movie. I was also surprised that there were a lot of men in the audience.

Diane Keaton (Diane) is a straight laced recent widow whose daughters treat her like an ancient old lady.

Jane Fonda (Vivian) is a free-spirited, no-strings attached, never married wealthy maven.

Candace Bergen (Sharon) is a Federal Judge dealing with an old ex-husband who is engaged to a young bimbo, as she struggles with her own self-esteem.

Mary Steenburgen (Carol) is a housewife trying to spice up a boring marriage of 35 years.

The four women started a book club when they were just school girls and continued meeting over the years. When they decide to read “50 Shades of Grey,” the plot thickens. The steamy book changes their outlook and lives. They decide that they aren’t getting older, they’re getting better. And, you’re never too old for love and happiness.

There were a lot of giggles and outright laughter in the audience, even among the male viewers. I thought it was going to be a “chick-flick,” but I think men could learn a lot about how women think by watching this movie.

I especially related to Candace Bergen’s character, watching her Ex acting like an old fool with the younger bimbo girlfriend. She eventually decides that she deserves some happiness, and should get on an on-line dating site and test the waters. She’s older, not dead.

Well, I thought it was going to be a goofy chick flick, but it turned out to be a realistic commentary on real life. It was a funny happy movie about friendship, aging, love, dreams, and possibilities.

I would recommend “Book Club.” I’m not sure about a younger audience. But, I think 30-40 and older will really like it and can relate.