HOLLYWOOD—If you’re looking for a movie to deliver some laughs for an audience of an older generation, than look further than “Book Club.” This is not to say that I hated “Book Club” because that is not the case, it’s that I expected more from a film of this caliber with such talented actresses in the forefront.
It is a movie that has all the potential to deliver plenty of laughs, but falls so flat I almost wanted to compare this film to “Fifty Shades of Grey” without the heightened sex element that movie focused on. However, it is worth noting the vast change in the lives of these four women Vivian (Jane Fonda), Diane (Diane Keaton), Sharon (Candice Bergen) and Carol (Mary Steenburgen) is the result of them reading the Uber popular novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The ladies meet once a month for their book club meeting, which has been a tradition for nearly 30 years. Yes, I know it sounds like something many women are all too familiar with. Heck, many who are fortysomething housewives are likely doing this as we speak right now.
You probably have a strong sense of where I’m headed America. The film reminds me of the popular HBO series “Sex and the City,” the only difference is we’re dealing with women who are older and have dealt with far more experiences in life than those laides. If I had to make comparisons between the ladies it’s no secret that Vivian is similar to Samantha, Diane falls into the realm of Carrie, Sharon is Miranda and that leaves Carol filling in the shoes of Charlotte.
The one thing I can say “Book Club” does well is carving out somewhat unique characteristics for each of the four women. They are different, with each grappling with issues in life that they haven’t overcome. Most dealing with the notion of love and that quest to find it maintain it or take it to the next level. It is only when the women indulge in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon they start to question their love lives. There are some fun hijinks, but nothing unique to make this movie one of a kind.
The ladies male counterparts portrayed by Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss and Craig T. Nelson, are very one note, and almost seem like the male versions of their female counterparts. As a viewer, you wish the script developed these gentlemen just a bit more; you want characters to be fleshed out.
“Book Club” knows who its target audience is and because of that doesn’t venture outside of that realm to attract other audiences. There are some laughs, but nothing you’ll chat about after leaving the theater.