Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Andy García, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton, Wallace Shawn
Comedy directed and co-written by Bill Holderman in his directorial debut. The story centers on four lifelong friends, Diane (Diane Keaton), who is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce, and Carol (Mary Steenburgen), whose marriage is in a slump after 35 years.
The four women attend a monthly book club where they bond over the typical suggested literature. However, their lives are turned upside down when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Viewing it as a wakeup call, they decide to expand their lives and chase pleasures that have eluded them.REVIEWS
Vivian: Hi, beautiful friends. I would like to introduce you to Christian Grey.
[hands out Fifty Shades of Grey books]
Sharon: Oh, no. We started to stimulate our minds.
Vivian: From what I hear, this book is quite stimulating.
Sharon: We are four successful women. I don’t need a man. What is the point?
Diane: Who still has any interest?
Vivian: Ladies, I am not going to let us become those people who stop living before they stop living. I would like to introduce you to Christian Grey.
Carol: It says, “For mature audiences.”
Diane: It certainly sounds like us.
[referring to the Shades of Grey book the customs officer is holding]
Diane: Oh, what’s that? That’s not mine. I’ve never seen that book before, honestly.
Customs Officer: This is nasty.
Vivian: This is going to be a game changer.
Carol: Have you ever been spanked?
Carol: This book has got me in a total tizzy.
Carol: We’re sure not spring flowers.
Vivian: No. More like potpourri.
Bruce: Can you hand me the zip-ties?
Carol: Are you thinking about tying me up?
Carol: Nothing. I was just…
Sharon: If women our age were meant to have sex God wouldn’t do what he does to our bodies.
Vivian: Speak for yourself.
[nudges her breasts]
Sharon: Well, that was not God, that was Dr. Nazaria.
Carol: [to Sharon] You just need to put yourself out there.
[as she’s looking at dating website]
Assistant: Judge Meyers?
[suddenly a voice from the dating website makes suggestions]
Website: Warm up your love life with these tips.
Assistant: Do you need anything else, your Honor?
Website: The man of your dreams is just a click away.
[looking embarrassed tries to close the website]
Sharon: No, I don’t. I’m fine. Thank you.
Vivian: My oh my. Arthur Ronnie.
Arthur: What’s it been, forty years?
Vivian: That’s impossible. That would mean I was only six.
Vivian: Do you need some help?
[they see Sharon with the dress she tried on in the dressing room]
Carol: I don’t think you have that on quiet right.
Sharon: Can you get me some scissors, I can’t feel my feet.
Carol: Since when do you eat ice cream?
Vivian: I got a brain freeze.
Sharon: Here, give that to a professional.
[Sharon takes the ice cream tub away from Vivian]
Vivian: Oh, my God.
Sharon: [to Diane] Do you even remember your last date? We’re talking Nixon era.
Vivian: It’s the first date, so put on something sexy.
Sharon: Just be comfortable.
[Diane comes out wearing a large men’s shirt]
Sharon: That’s too comfortable.
[answering the door to her date, Mitchell]
Diane: Well, hey, you.
[Vivian, Sharon and Carol watch them from one of windows]
Carol: I love a man who brings flowers.
Mitchell: Everybody remembers their first kiss.
Diane: How about I tell you about my best kiss?
Mitchell: Maybe that hasn’t happened yet.
[referring to the diner]
Arthur: I never thought I’d be back here again.
Vivian: Is it as good as you remember?
Arthur: Maybe better.
Jill: [to Diane] Mom, you need to be a little bit realistic.
[referring to Mitchell]
Diane: There’s a man out there who makes me feel things that I didn’t think was still possible.
[referring to Mitchell]
Diane: Maybe things with us will go bust, but that’s life. and I’m not through living mine just yet.
George: [to Sharon] You are better at this than you think.
Sharon: [to George] Shut up and kiss me.
Bruce: I can’t believe you put Viagra in my beer.
[they get pulled over by the cops]
Sheriff Mendoza: Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.
Bruce: I don’t think that’s a good idea, officer.
[Bruce steps out in front of the cop, who obviously notices the effects of the Viagra]
Sheriff Mendoza: Okay, enjoy your night.
[knowingly to Carol]
Sheriff Mendoza: You too.
Carol: Thank you.
Vivian: I don’t care what society says about women our age. The choice should be ours.
Sharon: Do we want another bottle?
Carol and Vivian: Yes!
[Sharon gives a toast at her son and ex-husband’s double engagement party]
Sharon: Um, as few, well, if any of you know, I’m Jared’s mother, Judge Meyers. Or Sharon. I just wanted to say, I don’t think that’s what Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote those lines. He was saying Cupid is blind. He wasn’t saying that people should go think themselves into love and a system of pluses or minuses. But whatever. Anyway, when I look at my son, I am so proud of him because he has had the courage to put himself out there, and he’s found someone to make him happy. That’s inspiring. Even for someone as old as me. The truth is, love is not blind, and it’s not a battlefield, and it’s not the sun, or the moon, or everything we load onto it. It’s just a word until someone gives it meaning. And that’s what the two of you have found in each other. In fact, all four of you. And we all deserve that. Well done.
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