Book Club 2: The Next Chapter(2023)Movie Review:Terrible Sequel


As an avid fan of the original Book Club movie, I eagerly anticipated its sequel with high hopes and a cheerful spirit, only to be left feeling rather underwhelmed. The actors, who have delivered remarkable performances in the past, shined in the first Book Club installment. However, Book Club 2: The Next Chapter (2023) falls short, regrettably presenting a flimsy portrayal that is particularly disheartening for women.This sequel, despite showcasing a talented cast, squanders their potential. Nevertheless, I hope the actors relished their Italian getaway.

Book Club 2: The Next Chapter (2023) is rated PG-13 for language and sexual content—excluding nudity—and runs for 1 hour and 47 minutes. Though the film doubles as a visual tour of Italy’s breathtaking beauty, it spends an excessive amount of time on clichéd tourist activities. The trite script suggests that the writers might have a rather narrow view of what older women are like. Furthermore, the dialogue is subpar, scenes are predictable, and the pacing feels sluggish and superfluous. I must admit that I found my attention drifting on several occasions, particularly during Diane Keaton’s scenes.

In a nutshell, the film is largely unenjoyable. On a positive note, the stunning Italian vistas are a delight. That said, if you’re considering watching this movie, I’d recommend waiting until it’s available to stream for free, as it’s hardly worth even the discount admission fee.

Book Club 2: The Next Chapter(2023) details

Book Club 2: The Next Chapter(2023)Movie Review:Terrible Sequel

Director:Bill Holderman
Writers:Bill Holderman、Erin Simms
Stars:Diane Keaton、Jane Fonda、Candice Bergen
Release date:May 12, 2023 (United States)
Country of origin:United States
Official site:Focus Features
Also known as:Book Club 2: The Next Chapter、Club de lecture 2: le prochain chapitre(French)、Book Club – Il capitolo successivo(Italy)、Book Club: Ahora Italia(Spain)
Production companies:Focus Features、Apartment Story、Fifth Season
Running time:107 min

Book Club 2: The Next Chapter(2023) storyline

Follows the new journey of four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had.


Book Club 2: The Next Chapter(2023) top cast

  • Diane Keaton(Diane)
  • Jane Fonda(Vivian)
  • Candice Bergen(Sharon)
  • Mary Steenburgen(Carol)
  • Andy Garcia(Mitchell)
  • Don Johnson(Arthur)
  • Craig T. Nelson(Bruce)
  • Giancarlo Giannini(Police Chief)
  • Hugh Quarshie(Ousmane)
  • Vincent Riotta(Chef Gianni)
  • Giovanni Esposito(Pasquale)
  • Giampiero Judica(Donato)
  • Vera Dragone(Sofia)
  • Ugo Dighero(Conductor)
  • Brice Martinet(Police Officer)
  • Francesco Serpico(Street Artist)
  • Robert Steiner(Priest)
  • Mario Russo(Porter 1)


Author:Gladys Walcott

My name is Gladys T. Walcott, and I’m a passionate fan of movies and TV shows. I enjoy writing reviews about films and TV shows, and I love to share my thoughts and opinions with others. I’m always open to discussions and feedback, so feel free to leave a comment and start a conversation with me.

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