My title says it all. This movie could have been better, but overall, when all was said and done, I laughed a lot and I even cried more than once, and as far as I’m concerned, that says it all!
And I liked the fact that this was four women well into their lives proving that being over fifty doesn’t mean you’re dead.
It’s a movie about four post-50-something women who choose to read a crappy book, “Fifty Shade of Grey,” for their book club and how it affects them. The first thing I liked? That at no place in the film do they say the book was any good. To my relief, they groan and roll their eyes, and even make fun of it. But then they can’t deny the story is shaking them up in their later years. Their lives have become complacent. Especially romantically and sexually.
And then we see how each of the women’s personal love-lives change and I really loved that part. I am a romantic. So, yes, the script was less than brilliant—but it was still very cute, and laugh-out-loud-funny, and yes, romantic—and the acting *was* less-than-their-best—but still filled with many moments that made me *happy sigh*—but in the end, the movie was very romantic, and that was what I wanted.
I think the problem with the reviews (both critics and movie watchers) is that the previews and the knowledge of who all was in the movie (eight great performers including the love-interests) made this look like it was going to be THE romantic comedy of the year, and for some reason it…just wasn’t.
Several reviewers said the actresses turned in sub-par performances. I couldn’t go that far. What I think was wrong was the directing. The staging. Like he was letting everyone involved sort of mail in their jobs, from acting to editing to cinematography. In fact, I blame director/co-writer Bill Holderman for all the problems because the script needed tweaking as well. There were too many “talking heads” moments in the movie, where the actresses were lined up on the set like Mount Rushmore. Had the script been polished just a little bit and someone else directed it, I do believe it would have been THE romantic comedy of the year.
I liked this movie despite its problems. And I think it will be one that I see many times. And best of all, each of the four women have happily-ever-after endings without having to be less than who they are by finding a man. What could be better than that?