Date: Thursday, November 12 ,2015
Showtimes: 6:30 & 8:15 pm
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Lily Tomlin, Marcia Gay Harden, Julia Garner, Sam Elliott
Runtime: 92 minutes
“An initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop.” — Scott Foundas, Variety
“Writer-director Paul Weitz turns in a generous, handcrafted piece in which everyone shines.”–Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail
Lily Tomlin is all razor-sharp wit and no-nonsense in Grandma, an engaging film from Paul Weitz (Little Fockers) about three generations of women in the same family.
Tomlin stars as Elle, an acerbic poet and academic. She is also a lesbian and outspoken feminist who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. While still capable of wonder, Elle mostly marvels at the stupidity of the general populace.
As Grandma opens, Elle is breaking up with her much-younger girlfriend (Judy Greer); while still in mourning over the love of her life, a woman named Violet.
One morning, Elle’s teenaged granddaughter turns up at her house. Sage (Julia Garner) is pregnant and bent on having an abortion, but she doesn’t have the $600 necessary for the procedure. Sage doesn’t want to go to her perfectionist mother, Judy (Marcia Gay Harden) who also intimidates Elle.
The two women go on the road to find the money. Stops include a (costly) free clinic, an dead-end exchange with Sage’s boyfriend, a visit to a hip cafe, and finally Elle’s meeting with Karl (Sam Elliott), a guy from her distant past.
Grandma may appear to be political, but it’s really a story about the passage of time and the various roads not taken in life — and how that all looks from a perspective of 50 years. Grandma is both funny and heartbreaking, achieving laughter without making light of serious issues.
Sharp, insightful writing and luminous performances combine to make Grandma a welcome cinematic treat.