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Grandma

Grandma Movie Review
Posted on March 8, 2016 by James Shults

Release Date: September 18, 2015

Director: Paul Weitz

Overall Rating: Ugly

A teenage girl seeks out her grandma to help her get an abortion.

The Good

It’s nice to see the cast of actors that show up throughout Grandma. Lily Tomlin plays the grandma in question, a curmudgeonly retired writer who’s in a crumbling relationship with a much younger woman. Marcia Gay Harden plays her daughter, Judy. She’s as tough as they come here and also kind of funny. Sam Elliot also shows up. He’s always at least good and that’s the case here.

The Bad

Out of the gate, nothing feels natural or realistic about the grandmother/granddaughter relationship between Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner. I don’t believe for a second that these two characters are related.

The Ugly

There’s no reason for the teenage girl to have an abortion on this particular day. It can wait. Maybe not months. But it can wait a day or two. The stakes presented by Grandma are completely false. The intentions of Grandma, on the other hand, seem very true. The movie is trying to do something thoughtful. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really succeed. 

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