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This isn't your grandmother's Book Club: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen & Mary Steenburgen READ


Okay. This movie is NOT based on a book but ... with a title like Book Club about a group of older women who read Fifty Shades of Grey ... how can I resist making sure you know about it? Thanks to my bookaholic friend and neighbor Lucy for giving me the heads up.

The logline

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

 And look who those four women are ...  

Jane Fonda 

 Diane Keaton

Candice Bergen

Mary Steenburgen

The movie looks like a laugh—four women in various stages of that time in your life when you say Not so fast, world, I’m not done yet! Fonda, the sexy playful one. Bergen, the smart serious one who seems to be more comfortable keeping that side of herself buried. Keaton, who appears to be playing a similar character to Erica in Something’s Gotta Give. And Mary Steenburgen, the married one who decides it wouldn't hurt to stir things up. 

The cast includes Don Johnson as Fonda’s fling, Andy Garcia paired up with Keaton, Richard Dreyfuss coupled up with Bergen (at least in this trailer) with Craig T. Nelson in the role of Steenburgen’s hapless husband.

Alicia Silverstone, Ed Begley Jr. & Wallace Shawn round out the cast. The film comes out on May 18th.   Check out the trailer.


Can you believe how young Fonda looks? It begins with  her incredible bone structure, a chin, a neck, that I would kill for. A lifetime developing the discipline to say no to all the foods most of us can’t resist, and a rigorous exercise program. Beyond that it’s all smoke and mirrors, hair dye, makeup, and let’s be real, some pricey cosmetic surgery, but she looks amazing.



To be honest, just knowing she is 80, kind of creeps me out! Is it anti-feminist of me to wish she didn’t feel the need to try so hard to look young? It’s not just the part, the photo above is from this year’s Emmy Award show. Do we have to aspire to youth our entire lives? For the average older woman the routine nips and tucks, the barrage of Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, hairpieces, hairdressers and skilled makeup artists on call are financially out of reach. We have about as much chance of achieving Fonda’s youthful looks as we do of having another child. At what point is it okay to allow ourselves to age gracefully? When will we embrace our grey hairs and our silver locks for representing the lives we’ve lived, the wisdom and joy we’ve accumulated with the years the way, to my mind, the more naturally lovely Diane Keaton does?

Or am I just jealous?

2 comments:

  1. I love all of these actresses! So while I may not spend my money seeing it in the theatres, it will be an at-home watch just as soon as it becomes available, for sure. Thanks as always for keeping me in the loop on things like this.

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