This is a feature-length film starring Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, and Diane Keaton. (Also includes Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Andy Garcia, with cameos from Ed Begley, Jr, Wallace Shawn, Richard Dreyfuss, and Alicia Silverstone). Total props for these four women and a Hollywood release that features a different demographic than usual. Refreshing to see leading ladies 65-80 as our (somewhat) relatable protagonists, while addressing aging, dating, sexuality, and relationships (friends and romantic interests). The story is a bit busy as our leading ladies wind our way through different relationship issues, whether with spouses or ex-spouses, new and old love interests, and over-protective children.
I didn't love this movie, but I didn't hate it, either. The story is a light-hearted look at what happens when our four leads read Fifty Shades of Grey (and then the other two books in the series) in their book club. There are plenty of saucy jokes and humor as they individually read and then discuss the material, while juxtaposed navigating their individual relationship ups, downs, and avoidance maneuvers. The humor merits some chuckles and a little eye-rolling when it tries too hard to be funny (some scenes create situations to make a joke, but I think creating the format for each character strained my patience a little). Candice Bergen was especially charming in her character as a Federal judge, new to the on-line dating scene. Good to see her back on screen. Jane Fonda and Don Johnson have respectable screen chemistry, and it's gratifying to see her play a successful, older female business woman who is both hyper-sexualized and alone, and comfortable with her self-sufficiency. If you'd like something not-to-serious and fun to watch on your own or with the girls, this is not a bad choice.
If you like this movie or the ideas in it, try out Netflix production Frankie and Grace, which also features Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Some similar themes with older-than-usual female leads in mostly comic and occasionally serious situations. As Good As It Gets and Finding Your Feet are also enjoyable shows.