Book Club

Stale jokes and cringe-inducing sight gags punctuate this creaky romantic comedy about longtime gal pals (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) jolted out of their respective ruts by reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and downing copious amounts of wine. As the friends’ inhibitions wane, Keaton’s character blunders through a meet-cute with a wealthy pilot (Andy Garcia), Fonda’s reconnects with an old flame (Don Johnson), and Bergen’s hooks up with a guy on a dating site (Richard Dreyfuss). In the most embarrassing plot thread, Steenburgen’s character slips Viagra to her distracted retiree husband (Craig T. Nelson), upping the smarmy innuendo and tanking the movie. Director Bill Holderman cowrote the screenplay with Erin Simms.