D: Paul Weitz

Sony Pictures Classics/1821 Media (Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Andrew Miano & Paul Weitz)

USA 🇺🇸 2015

79 mins


W: Paul Weitz

DP: Tobias Datum

Ed: Jonathan Corn

Mus: Joel P. West

Lily Tomlin (Elle Reid), Julia Garner (Sage), Marcia Gay Harden (Judy), Judy Greer (Olivia), Sam Elliott (Karl), Laverne Cox (Deathy)

Lily Tomlin steals the show as the belligerent grandma of the title in this quirky comedy-drama.

Elle Reid is a lesbian poet who has just split from her partner when she is visited by her granddaughter, who requires money to pay for an abortion. Over the course of the day, they visit various people from Elle's past in an effort to raise the necessary money.

The low-key plot fits snugly into the modest running time, and it's made all the more watchable by Lily Tomlin's excellent performance, which saw her deservedly nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress.


Lily Tomlin & Julia Garner in Grandma
Lily Tomlin & Julia Garner in Grandma