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Ultimately, that makes Book Club a totally acceptable albeit totally disposable bit of Hollywood fun.
And yet, given the sheer embarrassment of talent on display, Book Club works just as often as it doesnt.
Its light entertainment meant to be shared, a big glass of summer fun that goes down easy.
"And thats to say nothing of a final act tap dancing sequence, set to Meatloaf, performed by the always game Steenburgen."
"And yet, Book Club isnt just a nostalgic trip with familiar stars, its a fun film where oldies have as much fun, if not more, than millennials."
Instead, this fairly laugh packed comedy aims to address the desire for intimate companionship in older adults, an increasingly topical issue as more ..
It all adds up to a pleasant diversion, but you might wish this cinematic bonbon offered something closer to a meal.
Theres a maturity and warmth to director Bill Holderman and Erin Simmss script, which respects these ladies and understands that theyve got a wealth o ..
At heart Book Club is strictly a girls club: salty and silly and still crazy, after all these years.
No matter how you feel about the Fifty Shades of Grey books, its a treat to watch this quartet of excellent actresses on screen together, although the ..
Common Sense Media
Except for one good, weirdly rogue joke about a Werner Herzog documentary, theres almost nothing to be said for this mouldy old script.
Most of the jokes and visual gags are funny simply because of how unaccustomed we are to hear this kind of humor from older women.Its refreshing.
The Young Folks
"This film doesnt go anywhere near the dark reality of elder care in our country, which would make for a much more compelling film."
The Young Folks
Dont expect more than a perfectly fine bit of mainstream fun out of Book Club, yet thats what makes it special.
All of the female leads are completely relatable without being boiled down to one basic quirk or characteristic.
The filmmakers have a good idea for a comedy here. They just dont have enough good comedy here.
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Fonda and Johnson havent much chemistry, and Steenburgen ends up literally tap dancing her way through the role.Bergen hasnt much to do, but her patie ..
Its not so much the reductive message that the path to happiness must be walked alongside a man; more that the writing is wincingly awful.
Its a film to remind you that the comedy confectionery of Nora Ephron or perhaps Nancy Meyers is not that easy to replicate, and you can be left with ..
Full of boozy banter and ribald farce, its a film that recognizes that book clubs are often more about camaraderie than deep textual analysis.
But it has brio, rueful humor and celebratory verve that is nearly impossible to resist.
In Holdermans ineffectual hands, this leads to comedy so tired and morals so sentimental its sometimes hard to keep awake in Book Club.
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It offers the same appeal presented by youth oriented romantic comedies.
The only one of the four story lines which is worthwhile belongs to Candice Bergen in a wonderfully dry performance.
But one hidden purpose of a film like this is that it gives hope to the under 35 crowd that a woman can play the lead in her own story for the entiret ..
Make no mistake, its great to see these four working together, good sports and consummate pros that they are, but the fact remains that theyre shoveli ..
A very deliberate attempt to be an ephemeral viewing experience for moviegoers who visit the multiplex maybe three times a year.
Director Bill Holderman and Erin Simms screenplay for Book Club feels like a half manufactured machine.
Mark Reviews Movies
Book Club, aka Sisterhood of the Traveling Spanx, stuffs the screen with Oscar and Emmy winning actresses of a certain age and hopes the laughs will f ..
Rogers Movie Nation
Shamelessly resorts to sitcom clich after sitcom clich...One has to feel sorry for the actresses as they go through the paces demanded of them.
One Guys Opinion
But not being in that gender or age rage, it did little to nothing for me.
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Yes, we desperately, as an audience, need this film. Just not, well, this one. Because its rubbish.
No ones knocking finding a soulmate at any age.But Book Club is selling Cinderella fantasies that went out last century.
Holderman and Simms wrap each of the central characters stories in ways that are satisfying and feel thoughtful rather than perfunctory.
At least, the old folk seem to be enjoying themselves.After so many dubious films featuring men of a certain age up to mischief its only fair that the ..
Theres some enjoyably undemanding chemistry too, as the film reminds youngsters in the audience not to underestimate their elders.
Shadows On The Wall
Its a shame, really, given that theres plenty within They Look Like People to enjoy and admire, with the solid work from both Andrews and Dumouchel ce ..
Her dry wit is an essential grounding element in a film that could otherwise be far too flighty to take seriously.
The cast is just as game for the broad humor as it is for the emotional beats; the latters familiarity doesnt detract from its poignancy.
These women Ms. Fonda, Ms. Keaton, Ms. Steenburgen and Ms. Bergen, that is have nothing to prove. Each one brings enough credibility and charisma to B ..
The New York Times
Despite the earnest efforts of its iconic ensemble cast, Book Club is unimpressive.
There may be bigger wastes of talent than that gathered for Book Club, but none spring immediately to mind.
But really, its sad that the best Hollywood can come up with for so much seasoned talent is this stale shake and bake combining upscale lifestyle porn ..
For an appropriate audience, its a fun and forgettable movie that probably would have worked a lot better if it spent more time on the relationship am ..
These girls may be golden, but they are not The Golden Girls!.They have plenty of life left!
But it does have its comic moments and an undeniable if sporadic charm.
But if you do feel you need a football fix in what for some of us is a brief, blessed respite before the World Cup, I recommend it for its warmth and ..
But at first, Book Club is breezy enoughand sometimes, genuinely raunchy enoughto push through the limitations of its premise.
This poignant rom com is directly aimed at older adults and the matinee audience with whom I viewed it burst into spontaneous applause at the conclusi ..
Their chemistry is the only thing that really matters in a mediocre movie that doesnt deserve them, but oh boy, theres enough verve in their formula t ..
And the positive, liberated depiction of later life is heartening indeed in a film thats as irresistibly cheeky as it is shamelessly cheesy.
You know if youre the target audience (or close enough) for Book Club, an entertaining romantic comedy, featuring three Academy Award winners and a mu ..
It stirs the ladies libidos and inspires some late in life adventure.
Its every bit as formulaic, disposable and harmless as you would expect but it will find its audience and theyll lap it up.
Book Club will obviously delight its target audience, but its authenticity should also entertain their children and open eyes to the fact that their p ..
The Film Stage
This feeble excuse for a comedy made me angry, and if you have any cherished cinematic feelings for the quartet of actresses at its center, you may fe ..
If youre looking for cerebral, intellectually stimulating fodder; look elsewhere.
Dont worry that this awful film has the stupidest premise you could expect to encounter outside an Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy.Fret not that the high ..
Book Club (2/10 for Men; 5/10 for Women) by Tony Medley Runtime 105 minutes.R This Is The Ultimate Chick Flick, and I am not really qualified to judge ..
Of course its a fantasy, but its one Hollywood only looks to indulge about once a year.
And while those performances are entertaining, they never quite escape the gravity of the cynicism driving the production.
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Part of what makes Book Club so disappointing is that it actually does a number of things surprisingly well.
Its a comedy with heart and a message of friendship that goes beyond its simple, somewhat contrived premise.
It would go best with a big blanket and a glass of wine.This is a compliment.
The films humor ranges from unfunny to painfully unfunny although the painfully unfunny stuff does at least make the unfunny jokes look better by comp ..
Consequence Of Sound
The movie deems sex after 60 sufficiently exciting.The intended audience will rightfully soak up the time spent with such high calibre performers as t ..
Book Club may be lightweight, but its entertaining and raises some serious issues.
Maki At The Movies
The debate about decent roles for actresses of a certain age in Hollywood is likely to come to a juddering halt with the release of this gobsmacking h ..
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
On the surface, it seems refreshing to have a movie built around women in their 60s, 70s and 80s discovering love and other impulses that in Hollywood ..
Ar Kansas Online
Ah, well; its still a decent lark, peppered with sharp jokes (one about Werner Herzog lands particularly well) and glazed with all the affirming senti ..
But its also a chance to see four terrific actresseslets not use the gender neutral term in this contexthaving varying degrees of fun with matters of ..
It is utterly edgeless, without a real villain or character flaw in sight, but it is desperately sweet and, at times, much more naturalistic than most ..
Youll find plenty of wit, quips and innuendos with a dash of slapstick and screwball comedy.
Nyc Movie Guru
The male supporting characters are all one dimensional, but the core women dont fare much better.
Still, whats here is eminently watchable thanks to the four leads, who collectively dazzle.You cant get enough of them.
After that much time spent laboring over serious topics, Holdermann must have been eager to make a comedy in the worst way.Unfortunately, thats exactl ..
In the end, they realise its more of a love story than a lust story and decide to invest in love than mere pleasures of flesh.The film is a jaunty rid ..
Life is good, and most of the drama they experience is self inflicted and almost silly.
Chicago Sun Times
But there is something poignant beneath the films schlocky surface, something that is contradictory to its overall message.
Bergen remains a treasure, and her clumsy attempts to create a Bumble profile pic are hilarious.
Punch Drunk Critics
The sketch, one with an unprintable name, is hilarious and exposes one of Hollywoods most durable sets of double standards.Book Club not only breaks t ..
The hook of the book is really just a device to get into a mature, often LOL movie that older audiences should love, but best of all it has a once in ..
Book Club is very silly and feather light, but let me say this: Spending time with this quartet is way more fun than reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
Tonally, it actually resembles Golden Girls more than anything else, should we need a reminder of how rare it is for women of a certain age to be give ..
The Daily Beast
Book Club is a fun, light hearted rom com for the elder set, and is a gentle reminder that life is long and love is not just for the young.
Book Club isnt just a romantic comedy but a film that manages to team up four of the greatest female actors of their time in the same movie.
Solzy At The Movies
The film offers way too many tired, standard gags about dry spells and Spanx and Viagra.
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And this ends up being sufficient to salvage the movie for two reasons: one is that the cast is made up entirely of old people who dont get nearly eno ..
Simple and predictable.Absolutely, but to criticize the simple premise and predictability would be to miss the beauty and unrealistic charm of any rom ..
Indeed, much of the humor is smarmy and self satisfied, and most of the rom com relationships are strictly boilerplate.
Book Club would have been better as a mini series, where emotional intelligence and more witty banter could engage in the kind of narrative foreplay t ..
It is hard to believe that this was the first show of the tour, so easily did all of the pieces work.
Their chemistry is fantastic, and it shines on screen with their witty and amusing banter.
The New Paper
But a purported sparkling romantic comedy with a glint in its eye needs to bring the sparkle.And a film like Book Club doesnt do anyone any favors.
Book Club isnt a serious movie and wasnt meant to be its just a diversion, but its only mildly diverting.For a more serious take on the same subject, ..
If you fancy a movie about geriatric titillation, then Book Club is your movie.It spares the details (kinda) and mainly tries to be a rollicking comed ..
Or the sweet but too calm Mitchell, or charming yet boring Arthur
A harmless enough film featuring a cast of appealing sexa , septua and octogenarians, Book Club might appeal to anyone looking for a reprieve from the ..
Film Festival Today
But mostly, despite the post feminist trappings, its the same old, same old.Lets not do this time warp again.
Themes of casual ageism, of modern dating, of moving on after loss, and of finding contentment and holding onto longtime love all play a part in a nar ..
The Film File
This one is all about our generation(s), and everybody gets a satisfying main character arc.
Nothing of note happens in this predictable outing, but it is marked by a certain sadness, the sadness of watching gifted actresses play desperate wom ..
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BOOK CLUB might be considered a chick flick. However, since the film also touches on mens issues, its not so. In the process, it manages to avoid the ..
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Its Keaton and Bergen who carry the film (and to a lesser extent, Mary Steenburgen), and the two of them are funny, charming and believable.
Sweet, funny, feisty, romantic and aglow with the playful, sentimental warmth of friendships nurtured over time, Book Club is a charming, grown up, fe ..
Book Club successfully delivers a storyline about friendship between older women that we havent seen since, dare I say it, Golden Girls.
The jokes in Book Club require you to pay attention to the rhythms of the dialogue an recurring phrases.You cant be totally passive.
Monsters And Critics
But the silly premise, Bumble product placement, clunky double entendre, unimaginative soundtrack, and Viagra humor make us long for the more reliable ..
Its a little surreal, but thats just the beginning of this scenic tour of classic monuments that takes us from the Grand Canyon of aging vagina cliche ..
The only surprise in this by the numbers sweetie is just how high its stars elevate it.
The Movie Minute
Its the kind of movie that will make you grin throughout and laugh pretty often, while keeping the schmaltz under control.
It seems I spend an inordinate amount of my moviegoing time bemoaning the dearth of roles for older actresses.So I really wanted to like Book Club; in ..
Womens Voices For Change
Still, its hard to deny the films charm, largely fueled by the insane star wattage of its cast.
While Book Club never brands itself as high brow humor, most of its jokes and funny bits are the female equivalent to the fart jokes in old men geezer ..
Im Rain Jokinen and I wrote my first movie review at the age of twelve.
The humor is rapid fire.There are lots of genuinely hilarious jokes from a CAVE OF THE FORGOTTEN DREAMS reference that had me laughing for longer than ..
The path it leads them on and the antics that ensue make for a funny and totally enjoyable movie watching experience.
It may be damning with faint praise to say that the mild not wild Book Club is only briefly cringe inducing, but given the cast and comic potential, i ..
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