Review: GRANDMA

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“Time passes…That’s for sure”

Eileen Myles

Sage (Julia Garner) and Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) in GRANDMA Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Sage (Julia Garner) and Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) in GRANDMA
Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Time is passing very slowly for Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) who has just lost the love of her life after more than 38 years.  Elle chooses to pass time with a younger, less interesting version named Olivia (Judy Greer).  However, when Olivia asks for more of a commitment Elle vindictively calls her a footnote.

Elle isn’t allowed to grieve the old and the new for very long when her grand-daughter Sage (Julia Garner) shows up on her doorstep needing $300 to terminate her pregnancy.  That’s when the adventure and the antics begin.

The performances in this film are exquisite!!!  Lily Tomlin is on a roll this year!  With this potential Oscar nomination coming down the pipe for this breathtaking performance, Tomlin also has a hit on her hands over at Netflix with old friend Jane Fonda with “Grace & Frankie”.  The scene between her and ex-husband Karl (Sam Elliott) was one of my favorites simply because it’s a master class from two cinema’s finest.  Lily Tomlin reminds us all why she is force to reckoned with.  She gives Elle such complexity, vulnerability and humor that you forget Tomlin is acting and in character.

Marcia Gay Harden as Sage’s Mom Judy is hilariously evil…you love to hate her with a smile on your face!  Last, but certainly not least, Julia Garner as Sage turns in a star making performance and I predict this will hardly be the last time we hear from her.  Laverne Cox is heartwarming as Deathy and it was great to see one of my favs Elizabeth Pena in one her last film performances before passing away earlier this year.

After having very successful screenings at the Los Angeles and Tribeca Film Festivals, GRANDMA will be released into theaters  by Sony Classics on August 21st and trust me you really don’t want to let this one slip by.

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