Grandma

Grandma

DVD - 2016
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Nursebob
Sep 27, 2017

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.

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jonnybroom
Jun 30, 2017

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.

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LeahSonne
Jun 10, 2017

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.

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lekrasky
Apr 21, 2017

Interesting drama; at times funny, at times depressing. Glad I watched it though.

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1queenie1
Feb 22, 2017

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.

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miaone
Jan 05, 2017

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.

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gingin1972
Dec 23, 2016

Boring crap!

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brinyurchin
Dec 20, 2016

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.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 02, 2016

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.

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empbee
Nov 24, 2016

This is a comedy with strong issues. Lily Tomlin is funny but I found some scenes artificial. A good laugh is always welcome.

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janet0591
Sep 06, 2016

This was a great movie. Love Lily Tomlin.

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wordsmith888
Sep 04, 2016

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.

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Kim_H
Sep 02, 2016

Liberal Hollywood crap with no likeable characters.

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QuentinHayes
Aug 30, 2016

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.

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Marzipan50
Aug 17, 2016

Lily tomlin is great as always. true to life film i think.

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readyrisa
Jul 24, 2016

Grandma is a charming little indie with some fine acting, good character work and some touching emotion.

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beardieowner19
Jul 17, 2016

It's a well done movie - more along the lines of a 'made for TV movie' - Sam Elliott is an added bonus.

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D061145902
Jul 16, 2016

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.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jul 14, 2016

Chick-flick. Single mom family drama.

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JILLYJELLY
Jul 11, 2016

I was expecting more. The dialog and acting seemed "canned" to me. Disappointing.

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Jodi13
Jul 07, 2016

Lily Tomlin used to be funny, she's not here. Not funny, doesn't go anywhere, disappointing.

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booksmile
Jul 03, 2016

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.)

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BlueHippo
Jun 27, 2016

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.

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beckythecat1
Jun 13, 2016

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.

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AB8624
May 26, 2016

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.


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