Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.
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Family Night at the movies. Lily Tomlin is everything her fans expect her to be. We haven't see enough of her on the big screen in the last few years, and she certainly outshines Sarandon as a grandma character. This is just a sweet little film. Sam Elliott is perfect, his performance bumps this up to 4 stars, and it was worth the ticket price to see those two old hippies smoke a joint and kiss.
Liberal grandma of the year award goes to... Hell to the yes! This is a whimsical bit of taboo-breaking, indier-than-thou, 'Little Miss Sunshine'-esque slice of endearing American social realism. Admittedly, the rote indie clichés abound but Lily Tomlin is so good, these tropes are almost entirely forgiveable.
Think it's biggest problem is it feels the need to inject some pretty lame comedy (a lot of physicality) into soften the inherent polarization of the subject matter. Also, it's lacking the generation gap angle I was really hoping, largely because the grandmother is so progressive, which, to me, seems a bit unrealistic here. Nonetheless, a film of strong performances; Tomlin goes without saying, but Garner is terrific
It manages to keep one steady foot on dramatic and another on funniness, a feat achieved effortlessly due to the excellent Ms. Tomlin, who loudly screams for an Oscar in her first leading role in 27 years.
Before you all jump down my throat, I am a dem who is feeling the Bern or whatever. But I couldn't stand this shit. The acting was great, but I just couldn't stand it. I wanted to be aborted after 15 minutes.
Really, really important film. Not overtly feminist, it's a really tasteful (and hilarious) attempt to get everyone on the same page with pro-choice, and women's rights in general. Lily Tomlin is funny andd lively as ever and it was truly a pleasure to see her bring this layered character to life- a tough exterior ready to brutally shut down outsiders, and a tender, heart broken interior learning to be at peace.