Book Club: The Next Chapter Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Four older women rediscover their desire for love and life through the scandalous hit novel “Fifty Shades of Grey”. In the USA it was BOOK CLUB – THE BEST IS YET TO COME has already become a respectable success and given the charming, timeless production, that’s no wonder. We reveal more about this in our review.

The Plot Summary

Vivian (Jane Fonda), Diane (Diane Keaton), Carol (Mary Steenburgen) and Sharon (Candice Bergen) have been best friends since school. For many years they have met regularly as part of a book club to introduce books to each other and discuss all kinds of written works together. Now it’s the turn of “Fifty Shades of Grey” – the scandalous erotic novel by EL James. The women should have read the first novel by the next meeting so that they can then discuss it. But although Diane in particular is bothered by the poor quality of the book, the sexual fantasies described in it awaken erotic desires in the women. They all start to rethink their relationships and life plans, date men or register on online dating sites…

Movie explanation of the ending

“Fifty Shades of Grey”, the novel that began as fan fiction for the controversial “Twilight” books and has now been made into a film along with its sequels, is one of the most scandalous works of contemporary literature. The fact that it is now being inspected as part of Dan Holderman’s “Book Club – The Best is Yet to Come” by four women who have long since left their sixties behind them and therefore no longer necessarily belong to the intended target group makes it a surprise success in the USA The film that has become not only likeable, but also a far more creative best-ager comedy than many others of recent years. Debutant director Holderman (wrote the script for “Picnic with Bears”) also lets his film boil down to a well-known message: “It’s never too late to change something in your life”, but thanks to a highly committed ensemble and lots of exciting punchlines, the welcome intention doesn’t come to nothing here, but becomes tangible and comprehensible. So it wouldn’t be surprising if “Book Club” really hit home in United Kingdom too.

Left to right: Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Jane Fonda.

“Book Club” is a bit like “Sex and the City” for the gray generation: women here talk about their erotic preferences, dates and men’s stories without any inhibitions, except that they have long since left their supposed “best years” behind them have. Unlike, for example, Andreas Dresen’s sensational romantic film “Cloud 9” or, most recently, the Cuban drama “Candelaria”, here it is mainly just talking and the associated making of various faux pas. It’s never offensively naked – probably because that’s still taboo and would clash with the feel-good attitude of the film. After all, the problems that the four main characters discuss here are varied: from the flattening of libido in old age, to being patronized by children, to the longing for a new love, “Book Club” deals with all possible facets of this romantic get-togethers, regardless of age. What happens to the ladies here in the course of secret dates is no less embarrassing than the awkward first date with the man or woman of his dreams. Perhaps these cross-generational problems when it comes to dating and love are also part of the reason for the overwhelming success of “Book Club”; a clean Best ager comedy The film is not, even younger viewers will find it anything but boring.

As expected, “Book Club – The Best is Yet to Come” is supported by its harmonious ensemble. Jane Fonda (“Eternal Youth”)Diane Keaton (“It borders on love”)Candice Bergen (“Love to Visit”) and Mary Steenburgen (“The Last Man on Earth”) If you take away their decades-long friendship at any time, the women not only support each other, but also actively encourage each other to finally do things that they have always wanted to do and get rid of old problems. Fittingly, the script by Bill Holderman and Erin Simms (who also wrote “Picnic with Bears” together) portrays the four graces as completely opposite, which of course also illuminates the women’s individual problems from as many perspectives as possible. This isn’t particularly original – basically every ensemble comedy is based on this principle. But due to the episodic film-like production, each chapter has a different tone. In the end, there is something in “Book Club” for every viewer – no matter whether old or young.

Thanks to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” women are rediscovering their passion for life.

As is usually the case with episodic films, the various storylines in “Book Club” are all of varying quality. None of them are really bad, but some are just a little more appealing than others. Bill Holderman focuses equally on the contrast between freedom (Vivian is self-confident) and restraint (Sharon is a bourgeois) as well as between the desire for and the fear of new beginnings. Just that How doesn’t always fit. When Carol secretly gives her husband Viagra, it results in a scene that, given its slapstick content, could also appear in a crude teen comedy, which temporarily sells the film short. The dates of the hopelessly overwhelmed judge Sharon are far more tasteful and still a little raunchy, with clumsiness leading to bizarreness rather than the focused bottom-line gag. Meanwhile, things get really emotional with the storyline surrounding Diane, who hopes to finally be able to convince her children that they can still get along wonderfully on their own. Ultimately, in “Book Club” it’s just like in real life; a few things move, a little something goes wrong, every now and then it remains too unspectacular but at the latest when Vivian and her ex-lover Arthur (Don Johnson) have charming, funny discussions about the fact that the two don’t belong together at all, Although of course they do it for everyone to see, then you can tell that this film also has its heart in the right place.

Conclusion: “Book Club – The Best is Yet to Come” is clearly one of the better ones among the many, many comedies for an older audience and, with its timeless love theme, appeals not only to an audience over sixty.

“Book Club – The Best is Yet to Come” can be seen in USA cinemas from September 13th.

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