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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 Paws

Book Club: The Next Chapter

Focus Features, Fifth Season, Apartment Story and Makeready present a PG-13, 107-minute, Comedy, directed by Bill Holderman, written by Holderman and Erin Simms with a theater release date of May 12, 2023.

So here we are for the adventure of a life time when the four best friends from different parts of the country decide to take a trip to Italy. Sharon (Candice Bergen) single and retired who recently had a loss, Carol (Mary Steenburgen) who shut down her restaurant partially due out of concern for her husband Bruce (Craig T. Nelson) who had a recent heart issue, Diane (Diane Keaton) still quirky and unmarried but is seriously dating Mitchell (Andy Garcia) who would have married her years ago, they decide to take this special trip because after all these years Vivian (Jane Fonda) has decided to marry Arthur (Don Johnson).

But of course, nothing goes as planned and the women find themselves both enjoying and not so much enjoying their trip to celebrate Vivian’s engagement. They have a run in with the police led by the captain of the force in Venice (Giancarlo Giannini), Sharon gets caught in a strange place with a handsome Italian man (Hugh Quarshie) and Carol runs into an old boyfriend (Vincent Riotta) plus many other adventures that four friends help each other deal with on this incredible journey to Italy.

I enjoyed the film that resembles a bit of “Sex in the City” meets “Golden Girls” but in this case it was not the writing but maybe a bit of the direction that some lines got lost and one or two of the women struggled to keep up possibly due to their golden years. It is definitely a great story for the female demo of movie goers and more so the over 50 crowd. It is cute and at times funny especially based on the laughter of women in the theater but it may have helped to shave off about 15 minutes or more from the script. I enjoyed the music, although I would have enjoyed more music that is a staple of Italy but the cinematography is absolutely worth the ticket price. It made me even more so want to take my first trip to Italy. Finally, a story with a pet built in but sadly it did not last very long!

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