Life, but not as we know it

From left: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen. Image: supplied
From left: Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen. Image: supplied

BOOK CLUB

Director: Bill Holderman
Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Ed Begley jun, Richard Dreyfuss, Wallace Shawn, Alicia Silverstone
Rating: (M)
★★★★ (out of five)

If you think that four old gals getting hot under the collar after reading Fifty Shades of Gray is automatically hilarious you are in luck because Book Club (Rialto, Metro and Reading) is very funny.

If, like me, you are not sure that the joke is going to sustain an entire film you have to trust the talented cast who make it work.

Set in a magic fantasy world where everyone is fabulously successful and the only problems are to do with relationships, these women could easily be super annoying. 

Vivian (Jane Fonda) owns a hotel and thinks that the secret to success is never sleeping with people she likes.  She gets thrown for a loop when an old flame, Arthur (Don Johnson), turns up. 

Sharon (Candice Bergen) is a federal judge who replaced her husband with a cat years ago.  She tells herself that she’s never been happier, but maybe she should put her toes back into the dating pool.

Carol (Mary Steenburgen) is a chef who owns her own restaurant and has been married to Bruce (Craig T. Nelson) a long time, but she is worried that their marriage is drifting.

Diane (Diane Keaton) is widowed and is being pestered by her children to move closer to them. On a trip to scope things out she meets Mitchell (Andy Garcia), who offers a more exciting alternative future.

It might not be life as we know it, but it treats us to so many belly laughs that going with the flow is utterly painless.

 

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