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Whatever Rocks Their World

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Plot Overview

book club meetingFour lifelong girlfriends take up Fifty Shades of Gray in their book club when they might have been better off with Gray's Anatomy considering their advanced age (67) and the similar ages of any men who might be interested in them. “If women our age were meant to have sex, God wouldn't do what he does to our bodies,” says divorcee Sharon (Candice Bergen) a sitting federal judge. Fortunately, there are still plenty of fishes in the sea. A lucky syzygy brings gentle­man callers to each of them in ways they don't expect.


1 Corinthians 7“I don't care what society says about women our age, sex must not be taken off the table,” states promiscuous Vivian (Jane Fonda) owner of a hotel. The apostle Paul advises: (1Cor. 7:2) “to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” Vivian reconnects with an old flame Arthur (Don Johnson) who forty years ago proposed to her over a milk shake. He wants to take her to the diner again. If it's a repeat, she might want to give him a better answer.

(1Cor. 7:3-4) “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and like­wise also the husband hath not power of his own body but the wife.” Happily married Carol (Mary Steen­burgen) an accomplished chef has not had sex with her husband Bruce (Craig T. Nelson) for six months. He has been out of sorts ever since his retirement party. She has to persist with patience to get him in the mood. Hers is a legitimate request.

(1Cor. 7:27) “Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.” Ruth's ex-husband Tom (Ed Begley Jr.) had left her eighteen years ago and has recently hooked up with a newer model Cheryl (Mircea Monroe), which he shouldn't have done, but it happens. Now Ruth has no interest in men, but she looks over Cheryl's profile on Bumble the app where the two met. (1Cor. 7:28) “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Never­the­less such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.” You know how applications will suck you in. Against her original intention Ruth signs up on Bumble and starts going out on dates with mixed results.

(1Cor. 7:39) “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” Home­maker Diane (Diane Keaton) now a widow for a year has met a “devilishly handsome man” airline pilot Mitchell (Andy Garcia) while she was ferrying back and forth to Arizona to visit her worried grown children. She responds “in the Lord” to his over­tures, frequently exclaiming, “Oh, my God!” or “My God!” Her friends approve her match to this “God's gift to women.” Her children sensitive to their (deceased) father want her to remain unmarried and live with them. She feels she knows best what makes her happy, and it's her decision, although there's another side to it, as well. (1Cor. 7:40) “But she is happier if she so abide, after my judg­ment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.”

There's a curious scene where Mitch takes her flying in his Beechcraft Bonanza V–Tail and lets her hold the yoke and gentle the plane right or left. It's perfectly legal for a pilot of a personal plane to be unequally yoked together with an unqualified passenger under his super­vision—where else would she sit? It's only in a commercial plane she couldn't occupy the copilot's seat. That's similar to Paul's injunction, (2Cor. 6:14) “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: ...” put in the aggregate by the plural pronoun ye, meaning we can't accept nonbelievers into the church, although an individual Christian may marry a nonbeliever (1Cor. 7:12-15) kept under his supervision in the home.

Production Values

” (2018) was co-written and directed by Bill Holderman. The other writer was Erin Simms. The movie stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steen­burgen and Candice Bergen. It was a stellar cast of principals. Discreet cinematography spared us the tedium of looking at old people for 103 min. by making them quasi rich in elegant surroundings, dressed neatly and with picturesque backgrounds.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for sex-related material through­out, and for language. Truth be told, if you turned off the sound, you'd be looking at old couples and a girls club enjoying them­selves, inter­spersed with young adults trying to track one of them down. If you turned up the sound, all it would add would be wry humor. There is nothing particularly salacious about this movie, the book selection not­with­standing. The closest we get to a sex scene is the disheveled after­math of “a little kissing or petting.”

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

This was a rather pleasant picture, geared to mature audiences watching mature actors. I can't say I got all wound up in the outcome of their escapades but was happy to see them enjoy themselves and work out their old lady troubles. See it on a quiet evening at home.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.