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Grandma

Amy - AV February 26, 2016

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Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner, is a comedy-drama about Elle, (Tomlin) an aging poet and author who has just been broken up with by her girlfriend, and is still grieving the death of her life-partner of 38 years.  Elle gets a surprise visit from her granddaughter, Sage, (Garner) who is in desperate need of $630 by sundown.  The two set out on a road trip to get the money and, along the way, reunite with some interesting characters from Elle’s past.  Tomlin is an incredible actor, and I was really looking forward to seeing her in her first leading role in 27 years, but I was a little let down.  Many of the reviews I read about this movie called Tomlin’s character grouchy, but lovable.  I agree with the grouchy part, but not the lovable part!   I really wanted to like her character and, although there were a few moments where she let her guard down, even those ended quickly with a cranky and usually somewhat rough remark.   That being said, the movie was very well-acted and will appeal to some, although it does touch on many very sensitive and controversial subjects.   Even though it is billed as a comedy-drama, it is quite serious and has many heart-wrenching moments that are definitely suited for a mature audience. 

Overall Rating:  B-

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