Each misses their partner – except for the Judge, Sharon, who still relishes her single life.
Carol has been a full-time carer for her husband Bruce (Craig T. Nelson) and is constantly worried about him having a heart attack. Diane has a new partner, Mitchell (Andy Garcia).
Film financiers thought that the first Book Club film, which came out in 2018, would not be successful, but it was, actually, a huge success. So there are great hopes for this sequel.
Bill Holderman, who co-wrote and produced, directs the movie – but it is not always successful as the writing is rather poor with jokes that seem sexist and old-fashioned. However, the photography is lovely with views of Venice and Rome to die for.
But the joy is in seeing the famous older actresses working together – laughing and having little adventures and, above all, celebrating their great friendship. I can forgive a lot when I see older women on screen, not searching for acclamation from men, but enjoying the companionship of their female friends. For once the men – all well-acted – are the minor characters.
Many amusing incidents and a lovely connection between the four stars make this an enjoyable film to watch. And you will like the ending!