I did not want to watch a film about four white women oohing and grossing over reading the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy. But I am allowed to change my mind. Reading that trilogy serves to re-invigorate love and romance for the women of the book club with great inside jokes. The bigger grooves of the story are about four lifelong friends growing older and bolder.
Candice Bergen is stunningly hilarious as Sharon, a federal judge. Jane Fonda is wonderful and foxy as Vivian. Mary Steenburgen blossoms with intrigue and beauty as Carol. Diane Keaton is Diane Keaton from her wardrobe to her laugh. Her character, Diane, plays well to exploring out of her comfort zone. Each woman has a strong storyline. They have incredible chemistry. Craig T. Nelson is signature cool with Dockers worn at his waist. He carries a hilarious scene in the film. Andy Garcia is a salt and pepper fox as Diane's love interest, Mitchell. Don Johnson maintains peak suavity as Arthur. I did not miss the connection that he is father to Dakota Johnson, who stars in the "Grey" trilogy. Alicia Silverstone and Katie Aselton play Diane's overprotective daughters almost to a boiling point and further feed the perceptions of older women. Richard Dreyfuss, Wallace Shawn and Tommy Dewey form a strong supporting cast. There is also a interesting cameo that almost can be missed in the wink of the eye.
The homes are gorgeous and airy. Mitchell lives in a stunning Spanish oasis. Plenty of wine was served on wide kitchen islands. Pann's Restaurant and Exposition Park and Robertson scene iconographic Los Angeles locales. Costume Designer Shay Cunliffe breathes character through the wears especially Sharon who transforms. The audience meets Vivian while she zips up knee high boots.
Director/Writer Bill Holderman with Writer Erin Simms sharply tune to older women living in the digital age. Many of the jokes are sexual innuendos yet are not distasteful. I love action humor and there is plenty in this film. The humor powers the story and you are not "Debbie Downed" by the woes that enter each woman's life.
The whole theater was nearly rolling on the floor with laughter. The power of female friendship is electric as they encourage each other. I can't stand cats but I low key want Sharon's white fluffy cat.