Book Club and the 50 Shades of Ageing

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Book Club and the 50 Shades of Ageing

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t first glance, Bill Holderman’s Book Club feels like a crossover event that needs to be celebrated with as much fanfare as Avengers: Infinity War. After all, it’s not everyday that you get to witness four female legends, the “Acting Avengers” — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen — unite in one film. That too for a funny, warm sex comedy about women over the age of 60.

Although, it might not seem like the most polished product, the Book Club’s greatest achievement is that the film’s charm is almost impossible to resist. Even when the premise of the film’s plot sounds like a joke nervously delivered by a struggling stand-up comedian at a noisy open-mic. Imagine this: A group of friends have emotional and sexual reawakenings after reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in their book club.