Dir: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
Elle Reid is no-one’s idea of the sweet, silver-haired old granny of fairy tales! Mouthy, grumpy and offensive are adjectives that come nearer the mark! Elle is a poet, but her work, which used to be at the forefront of the feminist movement, is now merely a quirky literary footnote. Still grieving for her partner of 38 years, and having just broken up with her girlfriend of 4 months, Elle is in no place to deal with an emergency in the life of her granddaughter Sage, who suddenly turns up on her doorstep. Sage’s problem is indeed urgent; she needs $630 for an abortion that very day. Unable to help financially, Elle takes her granddaughter on a frantic daylong road trip, in the hope of raising money from old friends and flames! Witty and sharp, “Grandma” tackles head-on the wider issues of family, the generation gap and feminism.