She's wonderful in it. Lily Tomlin should prepare to get award nominations for her performance. As a big screen movie in which all the action takes place in one day, there's not a whole lot going on. It's a multi-generational story populated mostly by women, like Steel Magnolias which had more drama going on than GRANDMA does. But with Lily Tomlin at the wheel in this indie drama, you're in for quite an unusual ride.
Why didn't Sage go to her mother? Well, mother and daughter aren't speaking. Mother and grandmother aren't speaking. But all three will have speak to each other later that day. Elle has just broken off a romantic relationship, she's broke financially and she doesn't have a credit card. Two out of those three are my life right now. And I wish I was in a romantic relationship.
Elle tells Sage to get in the car. Grandma drives and they visit people Elle thinks may be able to help her out with cash. Sage will learn a helluva lot more about her grandmother. She will see her as a woman who had a life before she became a grandparent. Elle did not get quiet simply because she's over retirement age. She's still vital and forceful and relevant.
Grandma opens with two women wanted to end something. Elle is ending the relationship with Olivia. Sage wants to end her pregnancy. Through their journey, something will be lost and something will be gained. There were times when I felt I was Tomlin's character and times when I felt I knew her character personally. I felt like Elle was women I've known. Through the movie, you see that her heart is still so full of the partner who passed away. And maybe that's why she wanted Olivia to leave.
Some of us may feel like we've grown up watching Lily Tomlin. She was hit when she joined the cast of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In on NBC in the early 70s. That comedy show was a huge hit -- funny, goofy, edgy, hip, satirical and topical. Tomlin created characters that she did on NBC and on hit record albums. She won a Grammy, Emmy awards and she graduated from TV to a Best Supporting Actress of 1975 Oscar nomination for Robert Altman's Nashville. She also won a Tony for Best Actress of 1985. The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe was such an outstanding one woman show on Broadway that I saw it twice. Tomlin was brilliant in that show written by Jane Wagner. Tomlin also received a Kennedy Center Honor. She's in her 70s now and still at the top of her game.
Grandma is a must-see for Lily Tomlin fans.