Directed by Paul Weitz
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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★★★½ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
i know every review of this is "i want lily tomlin to be my cool lesbian grandma" but i truly don't know what else to say so ... i want lily tomlin to be my cool lesbian grandma
★★★★ review by Filmspotting on Letterboxd
Oh, the joy of going into movies being almost completely clueless about them.
Could be a cloying AS GOOD AS IT GETS clone with a crotchety old lady instead of a crotchety, condescending old man.
That's the list. So I get to discover a performance like Sam Elliott's, that completely stuns and thrills me – perhaps unlike any other performance of the year, honestly. The whole Elliott-Tomlin detente is its own self-sufficient drama. Three acts, mind you, in all of 10 minutes or so of screen time? There might be seven.
Lot of Sundance-y disaster potential here, and Weitz – aided by Elliott and a game Tomlin – swiftly sidesteps almost all of it by simply playing it straight, and grounding all the acrimony (and humor) in genuine anger and pain.
★★★★ review by tysan on Letterboxd
"time passes. that's for sure"
lily tomlin. just... lily tomlin.
★★★★ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd
A short and snappy indie drama from writer/director Paul Weitz that doesn't waste a beat. Lily Tomlin stars as Elle, a stubborn women with an acerbic tongue who has just broken up with her girlfriend and showing the early signs of a breakdown. When teenage granddaughter Sage (Julie Garner), appears on her doorstep and ask's to borrow 630 bucks so that she can have an abortion before the end of the day. It gives Elle, who only has 43 bucks to her name after cutting up all her credit cards, something to focus her energies on and the pair set off in Elle's vintage Dodge Royal to visit a series of old friends and lovers, digging up ghosts from the past and closing doors on some long forgotten relationships.
This works as a sort of three quarter life crisis movie, a cross generational road trip and a poignant comedy/drama, it wonderfully scripted with the dialogue feeling very natural and features some great supporting turns from the likes of Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott and Judy Greer but the films real strength is the performance of the two leads. Tomlin is the star of the show with a performance full of anger, vulnerability and razor sharp wit, her great comic timing is evident throughout as she spars with the various characters that come in and out of the film. Julie Garner has the less showy role, she's more of an observer but proves herself to be an actress to keep an eye on, her porcelain skin gives her a real timeless quality and her reactions to her Grandma's occasionally over the top behaviour add an extra layer to the film.
Overall, this is low budget, indie filmmaking at it's finest, a simple story full of funny and bittersweet moments that's well written, full of heart and features a cast at the top of their game, a film well worth seeing.
★★★★★ review by Marian on Letterboxd
me as an angry gay grandma
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