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'Book Club' of Love

Novel sparks amorous exploits in new rom-com


A touch of gray leads to white-hot fun in "Book Club," a new film about a staid reading group that decides to tackle the sexually charged bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The lusty romantic comedy, in theaters Friday, stars Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who embark on a new chapter in their reading and romantic pursuits.

"We started this book club to stimulate our minds," Bergen grouses, aghast at the notion of reading British author E.L. James' ode to the sexual peccadilloes of the domineering millionaire Christian Grey.

"From what I hear," replies Fonda, "this book is quite stimulating."

Naturally, devouring the book's amorous adventures leads to frisky turns in the quartet's love lives. Their significant others are played by Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson and, in a deft bit of casting, Don Johnson—his daughter, Dakota Johnson, starred as the object of Grey's affection in the ménage a trois of movies based on the 2011 novel and its sequels.