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The familiarity of the film Book Club

Last night, I watched Ocean’s 8, while on the first night of four of an all girls weekend getaway. This ritual I have committed to every few months includes not eating well – or putting aside all dietary restrictions and just gorging and then complaining about it the following morning over coffee and a soft-boiled egg. But I suppose that’s what makes it fun or give us time to bond on a whole different level then the way we do with our significant others. Right?

Anyway, after consuming too much sugar and spice and everything not-so-healthy, I had trouble sleeping. So I went back downstairs and watched a film which everyone earlier declined, opting for O8 instead. The film, Book Club is now on demand, with purchase or membership for our viewing pleasure – you know, the over 40 crowd would probably enjoy the story more than those just reaching maturity or are at the start of their life. But I have to tell you – I haven’t laughed as hard since binge-watching the Golden Girls on Demand a few months back.

Book Club is the story of four women – and their long-time commitment to their book club. Except this particular time, daring one another to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Which really isn’t the reason I was drawn to the film. It was mostly to watch Candice Bergen  – who hasn’t been in a film in a while. I find her dry sense of humor to be most welcoming. Perhaps I can relate?  But the bottom line is the film is worth seeing – mostly for an evening with a bottle of wine all to yourself, and a box of chocolates or champagne and fresh strawberries, with no other member of the unit around, except that amazing pet –  because – that is the only way to appreciate the familiarity. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from a dozen well compiled conversations and on-point zingers:

Sharon (Candice Bergen): If women our age were meant to have sex God wouldn’t do what he does to our bodies.
Vivian (Jane Fonda): Speak for yourself.
[nudges her breasts]
Sharon: Well, that was not God, that was Dr. Nazaria.


Bruce: I can’t believe you put Viagra in my beer.
[they get pulled over by the cops]
Sheriff Mendoza: Sir, I’m going to need you to step out of the vehicle.
Bruce: I don’t think that’s a good idea, officer.
[Bruce steps out in front of the cop, who obviously notices the effects of the Viagra]
Sheriff Mendoza: Okay, enjoy your night.
[knowingly to Carol]
Sheriff Mendoza: You too.
Carol: Thank you.


Sharon gives a toast at her son and ex-husband’s double engagement party]
Sharon: Um, as few, well, if any of you know, I’m Jared’s mother, Judge Meyers. Or Sharon. I just wanted to say, I don’t think that’s what Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote those lines. He was saying Cupid is blind. He wasn’t saying that people should go think themselves into love and a system of pluses or minuses. But whatever. Anyway, when I look at my son, I am so proud of him because he has had the courage to put himself out there, and he’s found someone to make him happy. That’s inspiring. Even for someone as old as me. The truth is, love is not blind, and it’s not a battlefield, and it’s not the sun, or the moon, or everything we load onto it. It’s just a word until someone gives it meaning. And that’s what the two of you have found in each other. In fact, all four of you. And we all deserve that. Well done.


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