Movies: Book Club, Overboard, Raazi

Book Club

A powerhouse cast:  Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergan, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Richard Dreyfuss.  It’s quite the dynamic with acting as the high point.

Overall the story line is funny, romantic and often quite charming.  It is rated PG-13 for sex related material and adult language.  We see no reason why children should not watch this film.

Ultimately, the story is more about the key characters adapting to the reality of older life (any of us older than 50 can relate!)

That said, the film grew tedious and “unconvincing”.  It’s listed as a Comedy with a run time of 104 minutes.  It is worth a look if your calendar permits.

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Overboard

It’s an intriguing premise.  A working class Mom struggles with her janitorial job for wealthy yacht owners. When the owners son fires the housekeeper and later falls overboard, the wealthy family searches the coastal waters and towns to find their son.  The son is found with amnesia on a remote beach by the struggling Mom he just fired along with her young family.

It is rated PG-13 for suggestive material, partial nudity and some strong language.  It’s listed as a Comedy/Romance.  The run time is 110 minutes.  English and Spanish with English subtitles.

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Raazi

This Indian production is set in 1971 when a Hindi woman spy marries a Pakistani military man during the Hindu-Pakistan War.

It’s an intelligent espionage thriller.  It is a unique film with world class acting.  With a great cast it is based on true events and the screenplay adaptation of the novel: Calling Sehmet.

British Actress Alia Bhatt plays a leading role.  Indian born Vicky Kaushai plays her Pakistani husband.  Another 15 Indian actors round out the cast.

This film is not rated.  The genre is listed as Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery and Suspense.  It runs a hefty 2 hours, 10 minutes.  Hindi with English subtitles.  It is well worth seeking out.

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