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Book Club - A Few Good Laughs

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Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 19:01

This is not a movie I would have pushed for us to see if we weren't seeing everything with MoviePass.  It's not that I wanted to avoid it (like Show Dogs, ahem), it's just not one that would have been at the top of my list.  Even as we walked into the theater Joel joked that maybe we should go see Deadpool 2 or Avengers Infinity War for a second time instead. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.  It was only slightly cringe worthy, and funnier than I expected. 

The movie follows the stories of four women who have been meeting as book club for forty years. It starts with narration (/sigh) as we are given the background on each character.  Vivian (Jane Fonda) is the sexpot, Diane (Diane Keaton) is the mild mannered woman who recently lost her husband, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is the buttoned up federal judge, and Carol (Mary Steenburgen) is the sex-starved wife in a long and otherwise happy marriage.  This month Vivian brings them  "Fifty Shades of Gray" for their book, and it kicks off many conversations and situations involving their own sex lives.  For the most part the characters remained caricatures, though there were some moments of growth for each of them.  

I laughed more than I thought I would, and a cheesy moment at the end almost made me tear up.  This movie wasn't bad, but I wouldn't call it good.  Perhaps if I was more in the target demographic I would have enjoyed it more.  Our theater was filled with people at least twenty years older than us and by their reactions they got a lot more enjoyment out of it than we did.