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BOOK CLUB

SYNOPSIS:
Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Review by Louise Keller:
It might be lightweight and silly at times, but there is something pretty special about seeing these stalwarts of the screen together in this bright and uplifting rom com. Directed by Bill Holderman (he wrote A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte), the story canvasses the inclusion of the controversial 50 Shades of Grey into book-club reading, prompting failing libidos to stir. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen are the central characters in this comedy that relies on fabulous clothes and settings rather than plot substance.

Jane Fonda sporting short red spiky hair looks especially fabulous ('I'm not going to let us become some of those people who stop living before they stop living'); Diane Keaton looks like - well, Diane Keaton; Candice Bergen is warm and funny ('I don't need a man; what is the point?') and I cannot look at Mary Steenburgen without being reminded of Dead in Winter (1987) in which she plays a would-be actress lured to a remote mansion for an alleged screen test but finds herself a prisoner.

Eyebrows are raised as the pages of E.L. James' potboiler are turned and the four successful women quickly become even more successful - when it comes to matters of the heart.

The men (Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Craig T. Nelson and Don Johnson) play secondary roles as past husbands and suitors, but there's plenty of fun to be had and female audiences in particular, could easily be drawn into this star-studded Book Club.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

BOOK CLUB (M)
(US, 2018)

CAST: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson

PRODUCER: Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms

DIRECTOR: Bill Holderman

SCRIPT: Bill Holderman, Erin Simms

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Funny

EDITOR: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly

MUSIC: Peter Nashel

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rachel O'Toole

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Transmission

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 23, 2018







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