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Bill Holderman’s Debut Film, Book Club, is a Must See

It’s summer movie season, y’all! (Okay technically it kicks off after Memorial Day, but who’s keeping track?)

I had the opportunity to catch an advance screening of Bill Holderman’s directorial debut film, Book Club, and I can confidently say that it is a must-see in theaters this weekend.

From Paramount Pictures:

Four lifelong friends have their lives turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Diane (Diane Keaton) 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. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

I’ll admit that upon seeing the trailer for this film, my immediate thought as a millennial woman was, “How in the world would I ever relate to this movie right now?” It was pleasantly surprised by how much of the storyline resonates with a woman of my generation.

The throughline for the film was less about “sexuality beyond our prime”, though this could easily be interpreted as what one might expect from the trailers, and more about female confidence and self-discovery, no matter the phase of life.

(L-R) Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen in the film, BOOK CLUB, by Paramount Pictures

Sure, the group of women decides to read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy for their book club, but that decision is simply a refreshing catalyst into the dialogue we have with ourselves, our families, our friends and our potential partners about the deeper meaning aspects that make us feel alive, intimate and loved.


Vivian (Fonda), the more sexually active of the bunch, has never slept with a man. We’re talking literal sleep, REM cycles and all here. However, she accidentally finds herself rekindling a 40-year-old flame with Arthur (Don Johnson) and ends up falling asleep with him as they listen to vinyl records (his favorite thing) and he tickles her arms (her favorite thing). Mary Steenburgen’s character, Carol, delivers a line in response to this as the women gather together for their final book club that punched me right in the gut. She says, “You can have sex with anyone, whoop-de-doo. But letting yourself love someone is a whole different way of being happy.”

(L-R) Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen in the film, BOOK CLUB, by Paramount Pictures


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