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Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Giancarlo Giannini
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Comedy sequel written and directed by Bill Holderman. Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023) continues to follows the four best friends, Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Sharon (Candice Bergen), and Carol (Mary Steenburgen), as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.
Diane: How does a woman in her seventies end up getting married? It all started when the world shut down.
Carol: Shall we talk about Normal People?
Sharon: Something we have very little experience with.
Sharon: Ah. Untamed. The harrowing true story of Viv’s nether region if the waxing salon doesn’t reopen soon.
Sharon: I’ve already been asked to perform three weddings. Once you take senior status, that’s all you’re good for.
Carol: That’s so sweet.
Sharon: It’s degrading. I didn’t go to law school so I could tell the children of my colleagues they could kiss.
Diane: [referring to the coffee tin] This is Harry.
Diane: Well, yeah. The ashes. The ashes of Harry. See?
Carol: Was his dying wish to be a latte?
Sharon: I liked this, but if I wanted to read a story of a woman trapped at home, slowly going crazy, I would’ve read my own diaries.
Sharon: Oh, please. I’m retired, so no need for formalities. “Your Honor” is fine.
Diane: Viv, just one question. What’s going on with the gloves? Are you planning a jewelry heist?
Carol: Or maybe becoming an amateur mime?
Sharon: Or even a professional mime, if you put your mind to it.
Sharon: [as Vivian takes off her glove to reveal her engagement ring] Oh, my God. You’re engaged?
Vivian: Can you believe it?
Sharon: No, I can’t.
'”Wine and Why Not?” That's going to be the title of my autobiography.' - Sharon (Book Club: The Next Chapter) Click To Tweet
Carol: [referring to Vivian’s wedding] So, do you have a date yet?
Vivian: Oh, I think I’ll go with Arthur.
Vivian: As my date.
Diane: Do we have to laugh at her bad joke, since she’s the bride?
Sharon: No, well, I think we do. I think that’s the rule.
Vivian: Sharon is correct.
Sharon: People with mechanical knees should not throw stones.
Sharon: [reading from Carol’s notebook] “Surprise Gianni. Taste his magical meatballs again. Do not live in fear.”
Carol: Oh, God. Okay, that’s not…
Diane: “Taste his magical meatballs?”
Sharon: “Do not live in fear?” How big are they?
Carol: The travel ban is lifted, and I think we should all go to Italy.
Diane: Italy? Woh. I mean, I barely made it here.
Carol: We’ll make it Viv’s bachelorette. Oh, I literally just got chill bumps. It’s perfect.
Sharon: You want us to run around Italy like a bunch of teenagers?
Carol: The book says ignoring the signs is what ruins a life. We can’t reject our destiny.
'In the cucina, everything is now. Present time. Not worrying about, yesterday, tomorrow. It's about living well for today.' - Chef Gianni (Book Club: The Next Chapter) Click To Tweet
Carol: [referring to going to Italy] You know that we might never have a chance to do something like this again.
Diane: Such is fate.
Sharon: [as she answers a call] Hello. You’ve reached the home of the retired and gifted.
Sharon: [to Vivian] You’re going to get married in a church?
Vivian: Hope they don’t run a background check.
Sharon: I’m shocked you didn’t burst into flames as you crossed the threshold.
Diane: [referring to Sharon’s cat] I don’t understand. Dead like dead-dead?
Carol: Yes. What other kind of dead is there?
Diane: Don’t cats have nine lives?
'At the table one does not grow old.' - Chef Gianni and Carol (Book Club: The Next Chapter) Click To Tweet
Vivian: [referring to Arthur] He thinks it would be wrong for us not to go. I mean, is that sweet or what?
Carol: You should marry that guy.
Vivian: And I will. But first, Italy.
Mitchell: [to Diane] You’re the first person in the world to “ugh” Tuscany.
Diane: A bachelorette trip? What are we doing?
Mitchell: Well, Vivian’s getting married.
Diane: Which is, you know, a little bit nuts.
Mitchell: I think it’s very romantic.
Diane: But it’s also nuts.
Sharon: I love anything that’s falling apart more than I am.
Vivian: Well, wait a minute. We’re tourists.
Carol: Yes, but we’re different. We’re not so obvious.
Diane: Yeah. No, no, no. Judge’s fanny pack screams, “I’m a local.”
Sharon: It’s called a waist wallet.
Vivian: Oh, well, that changes everything.
'Stop trying to control the uncontrollables. Life is unpredictable, and it's the surprises that make it worth living.' - Vivian (Book Club: The Next Chapter) Click To Tweet
Diane: [translating what the young men said to them] The older the vines, the sweeter the fruit.
Vivian: Oh! We’ve still got it!
Diane: Yeah, we got it. The question is, what are we going to do with it?
Carol: Well, this is a bachelorette party. So you know what that means?
Sharon: It means that we go see naked men!
Vivian: [as they’re looking at naked statues] What’s the protocol here? Where do I stuff the dollar bills?
Sharon: I think some of these guys are the same dancers from my bachelorette party.
Carol: [referring to the naked statue] She’s almost two thousand years-old.
Vivian: She’s definitely had work done.
Sharon: [referring to the naked statue] In his defense, it is a little chilly in here.
Vivian: Give him some credit. I mean, he’s a thousand years-old, and still hard as a rock.
'It's so easy to believe in things when we're young, isn't it? And we can do whatever we want, and everything is possible. And then we get older, and life starts to silence us.' - Diane (Book Club: The Next Chapter) Click To Tweet
Sharon: The last thing you want when you look back at your photos fifty years from now is to wonder, “What the hell was I thinking?”
Sharon: Just because I know how to not make myself a potato doesn’t mean I’m Steve Jobs.
Carol: Everything is sexier in Italy.
Carol: Rome is a great walking city, but it’s an even better sit-down-and-drink-wine city.
Vivian: Sir, where can we find our checked bags?
Conductor: What do you mean, “checked bags”?
Carol: Oh, the ones that we gave to the porters in Rome.
Conductor: I’m sorry, but we don’t have any porters.
Sharon: When did you get rid of the porters?
Vivian: No wonder the porters were so surprised when I gave them a tip.
Sharon: Well, it’s probably not every day that someone gives them cash to steal their luggage.