Grandma

Grandma

DVD - 2016
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"An initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop."--Variety
"This is Tomlin's first leading role in a film in 27 years, and even though she is sharing the screen with multiple generations of fine actors, nearly every moment in this movie is all hers."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Writer-director Paul Weitz turns in a generous, handcrafted piece in which everyone shines."--Globe and Mail
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: [United States] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Grand
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 79 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A
Ontario Film Review Board - 14A rating

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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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AL_ZOEY 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."

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jimg2000
May 07, 2016

Bonobo Apes - learn more at http://www.bonobo.org/bonobos/what-is-a-bonobo/
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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.
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-- 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.

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jimg2000
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.
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-- 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.
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- 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.

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jimg2000
May 06, 2016

He'd find the money if he thought he was gonna swell up...like he swallowed a watermelon.
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(LANGUAGE)
-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.
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- 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.
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-- 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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