REVIEW: Book Club is fifty shades of funny

Though it’s not as raunchy or funny as Bridesmaids, this film about four women rediscovering their risque side is still an enjoyable trip.

It follows aging women — four very different ones — who decide to read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy to inject some humour, sex and unpredictability into their book club and their lives.

The effect the tie-me-up, bondage book trilogy has on the women is nice to see unfold, and though perhaps a bit too sentimental, this film is certainly not without hilarity.

Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Jane Fonda are each incredible here, and all get decent stories to work with.

But it’s Bergen — far from Murphy Brown territory here — who surprises. Her comedic chops are on full display, and man, is she ever funny.

Men truly do take a back seat in the picture, with amiable Don Johnson and Andy Garcia on board. Perhaps, though, on the male side, Craig T. Nelson manages to steal the show here.

There are plenty of great moments, innuendo and a quartet of nice love stories here. It’s not going to redefine the genre, but it sure is a lot of fun.

3.5/5 Stars 

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