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Elle, who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks 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.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Grandma (Motion picture)


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Aug 07, 2018

Very well acted independent film. Everyone was, as someone else noted, pitch-perfect. The film is really about the relationship between 3 women: grandma, her daughter and grand-daughter. That it also stars Tomlin as a lesbian, and her grand-daughter as seeking an abortion is, IMO, incidental. If that's all people take away from it, they need to open their minds and their hearts.

Jun 10, 2018

Lame, I thought is was a comedy, but it's not. Saw Lily Tomiln on the cover and didn't bother to read the box. It's all about lesbians, abortion and misandry.

Poorly written script. The dialogue seems mostly ad libbed, a cheap way of doing things and it shows. Cynical and snarky doesn't = witty. Cynical and snarky = boorish.

A glimpse into the unhealthiness of the radical-feminist mind.

Jan 27, 2018

Well done. Lily Tomlin is ideally cast, and the film is funny and smart and true. And there's Sam Elliott, shining in a brief but eloquent role as a heartbroken suitor. Brisk pacing helps as well.

Nov 03, 2017

Well worth watching. Lily Tomlin has always been an accomplished actress.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 21, 2017

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

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.

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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ArapahoeZoey Dec 09, 2016

"Karl: You know the teeth are the only thing we see on a person that'll still look the same when they're dead. When somebody smiles at ya, it's like they're showing you their skeleton."

May 07, 2016

Bonobo Apes - learn more at
Granddaughter: What's a Bonobo?
Grandma: A very advanced ape. The females run the show, they masturbate all the time...
...and they don't have wars, unlike chimps and humans.
GD: So you think women are better than men?
GM: Men are okay. My father was a man.
GD: Mine was a sperm.
GM: Donor. Your mom was busy. Don't blame her for that. It was a valid decision. At least the sperm didn't black your eye because you talked back.
-- I don't know why.
- Because you just want power. You wanna exert your dominance over me. You want to be the alpha Bonobo.
- You know, you're not a Bonobo, Carla. You're a gorilla. You are a silverback male gorilla.

May 06, 2016

-- "Dragonfly" was one of my favorite poems. "You bite my wings, Attack me midflight. Evolution's knife Pressed to my throat."
- Yes, that is the one that gets anthologized. Not my favorite, honestly, on a technical level.
-- How come you stopped writing?
- People stopped reading.
-- Do you have a credit card?
- You know, I cut my credit cards up into little pieces. I made a wind chime out of them.
-- Why would you do that?
- I'm transmogrifying my life into art.
-- Oh, my G... You know, what kind of adult doesn't have a credit card?
- This adult. Credit cards infantilize you. They turn you into a pod person.
- You're well past menopause. We both are.
-- It's painful seeing you, because it makes me feel old.
- Oh. I like being old. Young people are stupid.
-- We sure were. We sure were stupid.

May 06, 2016

He'd find the money if he thought he was gonna swell he swallowed a watermelon.
-You know, you have a real anger problem.
-No. No, I don't. I have an asshole problem. When people are assholes, I get angry.
- So, what's the O stand for?
- Well, O is a big letter for women. Ovaries. Origami. Openness. Orifice. Cheerios. Hello. Old. Oven. Odd. Ossuary. Out.
-- Am I gonna go to hell?
- What?
-- Am I gonna go to hell? What if it's true?
- What are you talking about? Along with all the millions of other women who've had abortions?
-- Yeah. Along with them.
- I don't believe in a vengeful God.


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