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'Book Club': Can Murphy Brown Redeem '50 Shades Of Grey'?

By Tori Preston | Film | March 2, 2018 |

By Tori Preston | Film | March 2, 2018 |


Let me tell you a story: Wayyyy back in August, during that exciting eclipse thing (you remember — the one we weren’t supposed to look directly at, so that’s exactly what Trump did), I experienced the greatest FOMO of my life. A picture made its way around the internet, proving that there was, in fact, one eclipse-viewing gathering to rule them all:

Eclipse viewing on Book Club. Keaton, Fonda, Bergen, Steenburgen.

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At the time, I didn’t realize that the caption was referring to a movie called Book Club. I was naive enough to genuinely believe that Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen might actually, you know, read books together. So look, this new trailer for Book Club might be dashing one dream, but in its place it’s offering me the chance to sorta-kinda spend time with the closest thing to a Golden Girls reboot that I’m gonna get, so fuck it. I’m here for it.

I just wish these wonderful ladies weren’t getting their groove back thanks to 50 Shades of Grey (you know how we feel about that series…):

Aside from the core group of Grande Dames, the cast is stacked with talent: I’m really excited about Grampy Andy Garcia gettin’ some, but Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, and Alicia Silverstone are nothing to sneeze at. Mostly though, I’m looking forward to seeing my favorite bag artist, Candice Bergen, snark it up ahead of her upcoming Murphy Brown revival.

I’m not saying this movie will be good, per se. I’m not sure I’m emotionally mature enough to handle Mrs. Ted Danson staring kinkily at zip ties. But frankly, if I’m going to watch a movie about 50 Shades of Grey, I’ll pick the one filled with people I’d love to spend time drinking wine with. Book Club hits theaters May 18th.

Now, how do we get Hollywood to turn this into a franchise, and get these women reading all kinds of books in future sequels? Next up: the gang reflects on their childhood while reading IT!

Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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