Grandma

by | Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

A Solid and Cute Film Headed By Lily Tomlin Whose Finale Is Too Tacky

Often as actors get old they receive less and less offers. When we look at our Hollywood stars today that are in their 70s or 80s we find most of them resorted to small indies that come out ever other year. We only find exceptions with Robert Redford (starred in the last Captain America movie), Clint Eastwood (his last movie, American Sniper, was a world-wide hit), Michael Caine (the Dark Knight trilogy), and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (have the successful Netflix series Grace & Frankie). Lily Tomlin especially has been resurfacing in Hollywood, with her latest film Grandma being an indie success (made for $600,000 and garnering nearly $6 million).

Grandma is a cute film that is a road movie that follows Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) a lesbian that nonetheless has a granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), who goes to her for help to get an abortion. Elle doesn’t have enough money for the abortion since she cut-up her credit cards as a personal declaration to society, and wanted to pay back all her debts once and for all; so they go around town looking for people that might owe Elle money or a favor.

The film is full of cameos from the likes of Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Nat Wolff, and Sam Elliot.  The film is a clear star-vehicle for Lily Tomlin who shines as the titular character and can be seen having much fun with her character. However, there were many mismanaged supporting roles. Julia Garner, for example, was too green for such a complex role; you can see her struggling under the much more experienced Tomlin and even among the other actors making their cameos. There were, however, the very well managed cameos of Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Elliot, who absolutely cherish and almost steal Tomlin’s spotlight with the little screen-time they are given. However, the greatest disappointment for me was the underused Judy Greer, who plays Tomlin’s super-nice girlfriend. Once again (just like in Jurassic World) Greer does a great job but is given less than two or three minutes on screen.

The story itself is simple enough and doesn’t try and lean towards politics too much, for which the audience is thankful. In the end, I was only disappointed by how cheesy the finale ended up being. Paul Weitz tries to tie up all loose ends and have everyone happy so that the carefully crafted story ends up not being realistic and is a bit of a letdown. 

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