Tomlin is pitch perfect as the confrontational foul-mouthed grandma whose barrage of F-bombs and sarcastic one-offs fail to completely conceal her own insecurities, especially in matters of the heart. And Julia Garner proves to be the perfect foil as granddaughter Sage, reflecting her gran’s vitriol back at her and showing Elle just how old and nasty she’s become. Even though a side story about Elle’s damaged relationship with her own daughter (Sage’s mom) occasionally sinks to reproachful clichés, writer/director Paul Weitz’s snappy script coupled with Tomlin’s breakneck delivery ultimately save this one from becoming just another bitchy gay soap opera. A seasoned supporting cast that includes Sam Elliot and Laverne Cox manage to hold their heads high throughout.
A film about relationships rather than plot. I enjoyed the way we gradually learned about Grandma's past. The film asks the viewer to complete the puzzle, so a modest story becomes absorbing and engaging. Lily Tomlin is wonderfully out of control.
What's amazing to me is that a film can so enthusiastically promote Lesbianism and abortion while never promoting the kind of relationships that lead to child birth and a future for society where men and women solve their romantic dilemma, which is who to get along for a lifetime and still stay in love! I'm sorry we don't warn young people that we aren't going to give them better guidelines about how to live long happy lives. Oh wait, we do give the guidelines, at church, every Sunday, and if they'll just be very patient and listen, their parents can hear the call too, which is for everyone, and always! As a woman who has had an abortion, and regrettably not been given a second chance at having children, because I then launched into a ten year depression, which wasn't corrected until I stopped drinking, smoking, taking hedonistic approaches to life, and by learning to face life head on with God's forgiving grace, and the help and encouragement of loved ones. I hope folks who watch this movie don't take away the message, it's better to have an abortion, because really it's better to solve your relationship issues, because male female relationships are most certainly and challenge.
Interesting drama; at times funny, at times depressing. Glad I watched it though.
Finally! A story about an unplanned pregnancy that doesn't get sappy. The great Lily Tomlin is a bit too old for her part here as Grandma, but she delivers some great lines.
This movie had too much anger in its characters: Grandma, her ex-husband, her daughter, the anti-abortion protesters. Way too much anger. Lily Tomlin seems so very tense throughout the film, and I don't know if she was nervous, or if she was tense because her character was so full of rage towards nearly everyone. She didn't relax till the last scene, and by then it seemed artificial.
The ex-husband's anger feels really put-on, given that he hasn't seen her for 30 years. The mother's also felt like too much, given that she's such a successful business woman.
The daughter had nearly no personality at all, and she could've used some, since it was her supposed life crisis that the film centers on.
Altogether, this film could've seriously used some mellow-out time. And secondly, it could've used much better drawn (scripted, acted) characters. It makes me sad because there are so many possibilities to make good characters and a good story, and they're all missed. Every last one.
This is hardly earth shattering; but I attempt to watch so many movies that have no character development or hardly a story. I liked the characters, pacing and the relationships felt real. A satisfying watch overall.
Lily Tomlin was a comedian on the weekly “Laugh-in” show, which propelled her into being featured in several major films over the next couple of decades. When I saw that she had an Oscar nom for “Grandma,” I decided to take a look after not seeing her for many years. The film is pretty entertaining for someone looking for a lite look at some serious societal issues. It doesn’t go too deep to upset anybody that is mildly conservative, but may upset “severe” conservatives (as Mitt Romney once tried to call himself). The National Board of Review lists it as one of the top ten indie films of the year.
This is a comedy with strong issues. Lily Tomlin is funny but I found some scenes artificial. A good laugh is always welcome.
I found myself wanting to eject the movie several times and finally did about 1/2 through it. There were a couple of funny parts but, overall, I found there was too much gratuitous swearing and arguing.
Lily Tomlin is marvelous as the coarse, embittered poet-academic-grandmother. At the center of the story is Elle's loss of her life partner. It was heartbreaking, but so well done.
Grandma is a charming little indie with some fine acting, good character work and some touching emotion.
It's a well done movie - more along the lines of a 'made for TV movie' - Sam Elliott is an added bonus.
This is a wonderful movie about a person who isn't a youngster. I wish I had a grandma like this one. All the acting is good and it was too bad Tomlin was overlooked for Oscar season.
I was expecting more. The dialog and acting seemed "canned" to me. Disappointing.
Lily Tomlin used to be funny, she's not here. Not funny, doesn't go anywhere, disappointing.
I really liked this movie!
Main character shows real growth.
More of a drama than a comedy, but it still has an uplifting feeling.
Yay, for an older female lead in Lily Tomlin and a story that is not told very often!
(Warning: deals with abortion.)
This was okay. I enjoyed the performances, especially those of Lilly Tomlin and Sam Elliott. Lots of bad language that I could have done without. A little of that goes a long way.
Really a great film for all ladies over 50 who have been through this. Or not. I truly enjoyed the honesty that Tomlin displayed. And hated Sam Elliot for carrying a grudge for decades. At least 8 stars for being informative but not entertaining.
I hope that real Grandma's aren't like her--attitude and aggression make her horrible to be around. The only good spot is the Sam Elliott portion. We kept waiting for something dramatic to happen--never did. Waste of time.