The appeal lies in the fact that the 4 mainies look like “women of a certain age” who are finally finding their inner goddess. And, gosh-darn, if it isn’t a hoot to watch.
A chance to see four terrific actresses — let’s not use the gender-neutral term in this context — having varying degrees of fun with matters of sisterhood, sex and hope.
Wall Street Journal
It has brio, rueful humour and celebratory verve that is nearly impossible to resist.
All four main characters appear to be at a crossroads, mostly in the romance department. Vivian, a tough-as-nails businesswoman who doesn’t believe in marriage; Diane is a recent widow; Sharon hasn’t had a date since her husband divorced her 18 years before; and Carol and her husband, who once upon a time couldn’t keep their hands off each other, now seem to have lost their spark.
So Vivian suggests they read Fifty Shades of Grey for their next book club selection. Of course, the ladies are scandalized. Oh my no, they protest. They couldn’t possibly read that! But, of course, they read it, and then go on to read the next two installments of E.L. James’ erotic trilogy.
It’s Keaton and Bergen who carry the film (and to a lesser extent, Mary Steenburgen), and the two of them are funny, charming and believable. We’ve seen Keaton like this before, befuddled and lovable, but she and Andy Garcia, who is very charismatic, have crazy chemistry that make their meet cute on a plane seem like destiny.
Bergen gets the most laughs as a federal judge who jumps into the online dating world. Her grouchy asides and wrestling match with the movie’s version of Spanx are hilarious. Her dinner with Richard Dreyfuss’ George also is a thing of comic beauty.
UK 2018, 100 min, rated M (offensive language & sexual references)
Directed by Bill Holderman
Starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss & Alicia Silverstone