Wow, what a breath of fresh air in the cesspool of recent films okay, a few other exceptions. As feminists, we roared. As parents, we nodded in recognition. As grandparents, we cheered at the clever handling of generational misunderstandings. As story-lovers, we appreciated a satisfying ending with validating resolutions. Especially liked the mirror rebuke of the 'Juno' film's preschool handling of full-range women's health care. Why does the right-wing hate women so much, and why do we tolerate that?Paul Weitz, please write and direct some more films for these actors. We <more>
A first class film with a real message (by cekadah)
Lily Tomlin, that's the first best thing about this movie! Yes, I'm a fan of Tomlin The plot is simple, Elle Reid Tomlin an elderly lesbian uninspired writer, who in her youth was very active in the 1960's women's liberation movement, must face life alone due to the death of her companion of 38 years. Into her life walks Sage, her granddaughter, who is young, blonde, pregnant, has a worthless boyfriend and is seeking money for an abortion. This situation puts these two on the road seeking the cash because Elle does not have it.In this quest for cash Director/writer: Paul <more>
Weitz brings to light the current social decay of how society now thinks of women and their rights to their own body. Elle, once an active participant in fighting for womens equality discovers first hand how the American social attitude is regressing in its regard for issues that affect women. But as a dedicated feminist Elle fights on because she's smart and has experienced a woman's life!I noticed other reviewer's complained about Elle's coarse attitude. But that is Elle! She's a fighter for what's right and doesn't let others walk over her because she's just a woman. To unerringly walk over women is the current Christian socio-political attitude that frustrates Elle so much. And then her granddaughter represents everything Elle hated in how society views women but it's Elle's granddaughter and she's ready to fight for her!Tomlin offers a luminous role to all!
Grandma 2015 : Dir: Paul Weitz / Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Sam Elliott: Side Splitting hilarity within a film where age meets the stubborn nature of the lead here. Lily Tomlin gives a gritty hilarious performance full of sarcasm. She plays Elle Reid who ends a relationship with a younger woman. Afterwards her granddaughter Sage lands on her doorstep requesting financial help in getting an abortion. Elle is broke as well as indicated by the wind chime made up of her credit card. Sage refuses to inform her strict domineering mother so Elle decides to scout <more>
about to scare up some cash. Directed by Paul Weitz in perhaps his greatest achievement. He also made American Pie and In Good Company. Tomlin is fantastic delivering one of her greatest performances. As Elle she shuts out everyone with her attitude until her granddaughter presents an opportunity to open communication. She bares scars yet also inflicts them. Julia Garner brings on naive innocence as Sage whose boyfriend neglects to assist financially for the abortion until Elle crotches him with his own hockey stick. Marcia Gay Harden plays Sage's mother and her dominance intimidates her but can only be traced to Elle's reluctance to tear down barriers. Judy Greer plays Elle's lover Olivia who struggles to understand Elle's tough exterior. Sam Elliott plays an ex flame whom Elle approaches for money and he relents until he discovers what it is for. This is a great comedy about growing older yet maintaining a defence against time and who better to play this out than the awesome comedic timing of Tomlin. Score: 10 / 10
Absolutely one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in a while with a brilliant performance from Lily Tomlin. The plot follows a girl who goes to her loud-mouthed liberal grandma for help paying for an abortion and their quest to come up with the money when they don't have enough. The film takes place over the course of one day as they drive to meet various people whom they think can help, including grandma's scorned ex-husband and her crazy work-obsessed daughter. There is a lot of comedy throughout but there's also a strong helping of drama too, and the film manages to be <more>
quirky and fun but also deeply moving at the same time. If you like intelligent adult comedies with a realistic tone then I definitely recommend you watch this as soon as you can, you won't be disappointed!
One of few movies that you can see the all the cast deliver a very committed performance (by afallguns)
Take the cast list here in IMDb... From Lily Tomlim to Sam Elliot, everyone acted in such perfectly suitable way that fit their characters, and that was so f*ckin' delicious to watch. Everyone? Yes! John Cho with his cameo as the cafeé manager/owner or whatever... He pulled off that part, 'cause more than once a manager at Starbuck's came to me in the same way, the same tone, probably the same words... In anyway, how he pulled of? 'Cause you didn't laughed at him trying to do it... He convinced you as a coffee manager/owner... For sure you recognized him at sight but it <more>
wasn't the actor John Cho in screen. The same for Nat Wolf... He was the *sshole in the scene and he got his *ss kicked by his ex's grandma... It wasn't Nat Wolf there... Maybe that is the definition of acting, but c'mon, you will say that you can't recognize lazy acting or that typical self acting? In Grandma the cast embrace their roles and that is f*ckin' awesome!You, on the other hand, might not even get interested in Cho's or Wolf's performance... You might be as well a protagonist kind of person... Not judging... Scene one already deliver a very emotional moment between Lily Tomlim's and Judy Greer's characters. You don't know them, you wasn't really paying attention till this point so you not sure if you should know who they are or why they are fighting for... BUT, the feelings are so real and intense... Olivia opening her chest and expressing all her feelings about the situation while Elle keeps it "cool" and shows a b*tchy side of her, right at the start... Scene one is raw feeling...And both actresses keep delivering that raw feeling while they're on screen through the whole movie. Needless to say that Lily Tomlim's performance is one of the best by a lead actress in the year and should have get a nomination from the Academy.About Julia Garner. So little was talked about that young actress. OK, I agree that Tomlim took the movie to the next level, but lets not forget the girl that shares the screen basically through the whole film. How many times the role of a pregnant teenager was played in the movies? Many or more... Credits to the writer/director 'cause he designed a delicious character for that pregnant teenager, so much layers and some kind of contradictions that skips completely from the stereotypes and from the clichés... But writing a good character is only halfway through. Julia Garner was able to incorporate each and every one of the little complications of the character and in result she was perfect. The awkwardness, the rage, the doubt, the fear... It was all so authentic! She is not a first timer, we all can see her delivering great performances in "Electrick Children" and in "We Are What We Are" and "Grandma" is one more great performance to put on her resume. A final thought on her... Actually in young actresses... By heart I can mention four really good performances of young actresses in the last year, and that's a lot considering my awful memory... Saoirse Ronan in "Brooklyn", Elle Fanning in "Trumbo", Olivia Cook in "Me, Earl and The Dying Girl" and Julia Garner in "Grandma". And those are the ones that I can remember... The film industry has to look out for many new talents.Well... This is already longer than I thought... Sam Elliot and Marcia Gay Harden were great also!Paul Weitz is an incredible director and writer, and his resume shows that clearly, so i think that extend my compliments would be like thin rain in the ocean. BUt is necessary to say that the dialogs in the movie were just clever and delightful as possible. "I like being old, young people are stupid." HOW GREAT IS THAT?And that is just one line of many that I loved, but I couldn't quote by heart. My point is the story is very well written, such as the characters, and the dialogue is just great!But at the end of the day, this is one of those movies made by the cast. The movie could be flawless in some technical point of view, the script could've been wrote by Shakespeare and be directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The acting would still have outshined all of that.I'm just surprised with the budget... Just $600.000, really? There's a zero missing probably!
A funny little story about a grandmother who helps her granddaughter abort or kill depending on what side of the aisle your on her great grandchild. It's so funny, no one seems to want this baby. The father doesn't want anything to with it, the pregnant mother's concern is that she might go to hell for the abortion and her mother a high powered executive doesn't want it either and of course "Grandma" Tomlin well, she says no too - but "I'll help you get the cash."There is a hilarious part in the movie where Tomlin who has recently paid off all her <more>
debts and has no cash to pay for the abortion decides to go to an old boyfriend and lie to him about why she needs money. Eventually she comes clean and for some reason the guy won't loan her the money to abort her great grandchild. Weird huh?The film has a happy and timely ending. The mother ends up going to an ATM and hands over the cash to have her grandchild aborted. The big surprise is when the girl's mother shows up at the clinic and the it becomes a family event.Intertwined with all this mischief is a side story about Tomlin's lesbian lover.You'll laugh, you'll cry you'll wonder why and how a movie about people who are completely self centered can be this funny! A grate movie!
It's a rare event, but, yes, sometimes the director of American Pie makes a really good movie. The last one was probably About a Boy back in 2002. Grandma is a charming little indie with some fine acting, good character work and some touching emotion. Lily Tomlin plays an aging lesbian poet who is visited by her granddaughter Julia Garner . She is hoping for money to pay for an abortion, but Grandma is broke. The film follows them as they go from place to place, hoping to get a loan or owed money or sell something valuable. The past is filled in by these encounters. The supporting cast <more>
is ace and includes Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliot, Judy Greer, Elizabeth Pena who passed away about a year ago and Laverne Cox lovely to see her make the leap to feature film . It's Tomlin's movie, of course, but one should not overlook how good Garner is in the more passive role. I knew I recognized her from somewhere - it turned out to be Martha Marcy May Marlene - she should become a huge star. Okay, maybe it's because she's cute and I love her hair so much, but she is very good here.
An offbeat film of hope, desire and need for help all while finding a new road to life! (by blanbrn)
"Grandma" is one of those short little nice independent films that touches the heart showing that life is full of change, hope and finding a new path for each. The grand old Lily Tomlin is Elle a past her prime college professor who's down in the dumps she's broke money wise and she's just broken up with her gay lady love Olivia Judy Greer . To complicate matters one day her granddaughter Sage shows up one day needing 600 dollars and guess what it's for an abortion as Sage was knocked up by her boyfriend who hit the road! Then it's a funny and feel good road <more>
journey to obtain the 600 for an abortion and along the way it's a bonding of love and friendship as Sage's mother and Elle's daughter Judy Marcia Gay Harden an uptight and business like society snob provides the money for the procedure. Still thru it all each discover a journey of hope and a new beginning and Lily Tomlin's performance is shining even with her grand old age.
Rating: ☆☆☆ out of 4 This film is recommended. In brief: A road trip that gains a moviegoer's admiration per mile. GRADE: B Perhaps the movie's tag-line should have read: "Abortion can bring a family closer together." The pro-lifers may not like the film's underlying message, but any serious moviegoer will certainly admire Paul Weitz's low-budget independent film, Grandma. The film explores the fractured relationship between two distinct personalities and their generational gap that begins to close as they learn more life lessons from each other. ￼Estranged <more>
from her domineering mother Marcia Gay Harden , Sage Julia Garner , a distraught pregnant woman seeks out her lesbian grandmother, Elle Lily Tomlin , for help and some financial assistance. Newly separated from her lover, Olivia Judy Greer , this title character goes on a road trip with her granddaughter. In the course of the day's events, Elle learns to examine the consequences of choices made in her own life, while giving Sage some sage advice at every detour. The film follows these two misfits as they try to raise enough funds while gaining more self-awareness per mile. We go along for the ride and develop a fondness for these characters and their dilemmas. Ms. Tomlin has played this free-spirited New Age hipster before, most recently in her Emmy- nominated performance of Netflix's comedy, Grace and Frankie. She knows this type of kooky liberal character inside out. But here, she brings a layered emotional vulnerability to her role. Toning down the comedic elements and emphasizing the dramatics, the part is a perfect blending for her own screen persona in the film's story of a woman unable to fully enjoy her life. ￼Yes, there is a lot of turmoil and dysfunction in this family dynamics and some of it is laid on rather thick. Old secrets and past lies come bubbly forth as Sage and Ellie begin to connect and see each other in a different light. Writer/director Weitz has made a literate and touching screenplay filled with interesting characters and he has shrewdly cast his film with a wonderful ensemble of actors that elevate the film to a higher level of excellence. The aforementioned Ms. Tomlin is wonderful and her driving companion Ms. Garner delivers a fine, if a tad subdued, performance. Giving strong support are Ms. Harden, Ms. Greer, and in smaller but pivotal roles, Laverne Cox, the late Elizabeth Peña, and Sam Elliott as Elle's former boyfriend, Karl. Elliott is particularly strong in a tender and memorable scene between him and his ex-lover that could lead to some award nominations. ￼The film is an engrossing character study that relies on its words rather than actions to tell its story. The plot is rather thin and its odyssey quite predictable. However, Grandma boasts top notch performances in its tale of discovery and revelation. Moviegoers should enjoy their journey every stop along the way too.