Book Club: The Next Chapter

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there. This film is advertised as a good film for Mother’s day, even though none of the lead actors of the film are shown as mothers here.

This was a sequel to a surprise 2018 hit movie Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, and Diane Keaton, not to be confused with 80 for Brady which was four older actors including Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno. Honestly, Jane Fonda felt like the same character in both.

Plot synopsis: four older ladies go to Italy. Stuff happens.

That is literally the story here. There were several times when I thought to myself, ‘Is there going to be a narrative?’ and the answer was… no.

Certainly, this movie survives on the back of the four lead actors. Fonda, Bergen, Steenburgen and Keaton are charismatic and likable. Unfortunately, they were given some of the worst dialogue in a movie for while. The film wanted the interactions between the four of them to be the best part of the movie, and it should have been, but it was anything but.

None of this was special, though there were some beautiful shots of the Italian countryside and cities. Everything that you would think would happen in this type of a movie, did happen and it was dull.

To be completely transparent, I did not feel very well in the theater today so I did leave early. I usually do not review films that I do not see all the way through, because it conceivably could get better in the final act, but I feel fairly confident that this was not going to improve.

Secondly, I was in the theater in a row with an older woman who did not seem to be able to stay off of her phone and another group who felt as if they needed to discuss everything that would be going on. Both of these can color my perception of the movie to be fair.

I was not offended by this film and I do like the actors, especially Candice Bergen, but this was not up the the level of these actors. Maybe the ending rescued the lackadaisical film, but I am fairly sure that it did not.

2.5 stars

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