Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter, Sage, unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash, as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.
Really enjoyed this matter of fact approach to abortion, it was funny and moving and I always like to see matter of fact depiction of lesbian lives and feminist approach to women's lives. I laughed plenty and at the end felt moved.
Hugely enjoyable comedy from director Paul Weitz with Lily Tomlin playing the centre role to perfection. Not your usual 'try for a laugh a minute' American trash comedy but a well scripted, thought out movie with a good storyline. More of these please.
Funny, feelgood movie with some depth
- Grandma review by PS
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This is essentially a road movie with chapters. It's construction is really beautiful. It all takes place over a single day. As we travel through the day with Lily Tomlin's eccentric and irascible grandma figure, ("i don't have an anger problem, I have a problem with assholes") and her grandaughter, we gradually learn more about her and her history, and explore her relationship to her grandaughter and to her daughter. What I love about this movie is that none of the three main characters are static, they and their relationship change as the movie progresses. At one point the mother says to Elle, "you were a terrible mother" and she answers "I'll try to be a better grandma" and we see this happening. As a grandma myself, I love this Idea of the grandparent relationship being an opportunity to "do it different next time". Lily Tomlin won a golden globe, and other awards for her performance. Her comic timing, as always, is superb and she also manages to give depth and dignity to her character. The chemistry between her and Julia Garner, who plays Sage, her granddaughter is excellent. It's a very funny movie that also has some depth.