Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour 44 min.
Our content ratings (0-5): Violence 0; Language 1; Sex/Nudity 4.
Our star rating (1-5): 2.5
A friend loves at all times,
and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
The main reason to see this bit of fluff is to watch the four wonderful female stars cavort together and asserting that sex belongs to seniors as well as the younger set. The title refers to the monthly gathering of the four life-long friends who have agreed, despite the misgivings of some, to read and discuss Fifty Shades of Grey.
Diane (Diane Keaton) still mourns the death of her husband while her overly attentive daughters (Alicia Silverstone and Katie Aselton) worry too much about her well-being.
Carol (Mary Steenburgen) is dealing with the inattention of her newly retired husband (Craig T. Nelson), who seems more interested in restoring his old cycle than bedding down with her.
Sharon (Candice Bergen) is too caught up in her work as a federal judge to go on dates, let alone read what she regards as smut.
And the glamorous Vivian (Jane Fonda) has enjoyed serial sex so much that she never has been able to settle for one man. She is the female answer to Don Juan.
While director/co-writer Bill Holderman’s film is as predictable as a stop light, and some of the comments about sex offensive to people of faith, the film is funny at times. When the women decide to read the two sequels to the salacious first novel, it almost seems like the film becomes a long commercial for the book trilogy. You can gauge my opinion of the film by noting that I haven’t bothered to find a related Scripture or to write a set of discussion questions.