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Grandma

"Acerbically funny... Lily Tomlin gives a career-capping performance." - NY Times

“Paul Weitz has hand-tailored Lilly Tomlin a honey of a role in Grandma.

"Playing an ill-tempered lesbian on an all-day odyssey to raise the money her granddaughter needs for an abortion, Tomlin is in her glorious element. It doesn't hurt that there are numerous other expertly gauged performances to savor, plus a bundle of heart, in this small-scale but consistently funny and poignant comedy-drama.

“While it's very much Tomlin's show, the movie is actually about three generations of women — the forces that shape and scar them, the thorny histories and divergent life choices that distance them, the lessons they absorb or ignore and the ties among them that weaken but seldom break.

“And though the termination of a pregnancy is what drives the plot, that sorrowful step is treated with the gravity it warrants in a story that's also about the many imperfect paths of motherhood. Grandma is not as self-congratulatory and in-your-face as the recent Obvious Child about its evolved position on abortion as a regrettable but necessary option in many young women's lives. But there's admirable frankness, intelligence and sensitivity here. Additionally, the film is a thoughtful, funny reflection on the gains and losses of growing old.

“This is a refreshingly modest, no-frills movie that is character-driven in the most rewarding possible sense, with an ample share of priceless dialogue played for truth, not for jokes. The performances are lovely, however, everything in the movie revolves around the irreplaceable Tomlin, and rightly so. Her entire history as an actor, a comedian, a feminist and a pioneering voice for LGBT rights comes into play in this formfitting role. Anybody who loves her — and if you don't, why are you even reading? — won't want to miss this.” - Huffington Post

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