Women are assholes.
No, really. Every single person in this film either tells someone to stop being one, or admits they're acting like one.
Elle (Lily Tomlin) is a sharp tongued writer who has just broken up with her girlfriend of four months, Olivia. (Judy Greer) Right after that, her teenage grand daughter Sage (Julia Garner) shows up unexpectedly looking for $630 to have an abortion. She's too afraid to ask her domineering mother (Marcia Gay Harden) and with Elle being temporarily broke, they go off visiting people in Elle's life trying to get the money.
It's hard to go wrong with a cast like this. Thankfully, Grandma doesn't. Lily Tomlin should be a shoo-in in the Best Actress in a Comedy category at the Globes. She's harsh and hilarious. Julia Garner is always good at playing sweet and innocent. Sage is just that, but you can tell deep down she has the potential fire that her grandma and mother both have.
The film takes place in the span of one day. We meet the douche who impregnated Sage, who Elle promptly beats with a hockey stick. A few of her friends, and even a former lover. That's where the film stalls temporarily. Even though said lover is played by Sam Elliot, everything out of his mouth is a platitude. It threw the entire tone off. Thankfully, after that scene is when Harden appears and gets things back to where they were.
Grandma is a wonderfully sunny film with a great cast. It's a quick watch and definitely deserves to be seen.
Memorable Quote: "I don't have an anger problem, I have an asshole problem. People are assholes, I get angry." - Elle (Lily Tomlin)