Grandma Movie Review
If you need an abortion, go to grandma. As poor and foul-mouthed as she is, she's a jackhammer who will get her way, even if it means slicing through every relationship she has. Such is the case in Grandma, a highly entertaining drama-comedy starring lily Tomlin.
Tomlin is absolutely terrific as the title character, a bitter yet oddly bighearted woman, who, due to her less than tactful ways, has just ruined a perfectly good relationship with her much younger girlfriend (Judy Greer). Tomlin has rarely been this good and is highly deserving of any award love that comes her way.
Julia Garner, as the granddaughter in need of a certain service, is also great.
The movie, clocking in at a brisk 88 minutes, is packed full of sharp dialogue and never lingers too long on any one scene, guaranteeing a fast, highly entertaining pace. While the movie packs some dramatic punch, its strength lays larger in its comedy, and in turn Tomlin’s ability to deliver the comedy. Tomlin is a one-woman wrecking crew and she understandably carries the film on her shoulders.
The final act isn't quite as strong, if only due to the fact that the movie has to shift from Tomlin chewing scenery to actual resolution. The decrease in quality is mild.
Grandma isn't your typical comedy, but it's a highly charged film with plenty of humorous moments and even more scenes of Tomlin delivering one of the best performances of the year.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.