So, this wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was still good. I was expecting more of a road trip comedy, however it ended up being more of a dysfunctional family dramedy.
This movie is essentially run by Lily Tomlin. From the moment you meet her character, she's great, delivering real emotion and passion to this role. Julia Garner accents Tomlin well, as do many cameos, such as that of Sam Elliot, but this really is the Lily Tomlin show.
The plot moves along at a quick pace, clocking in at just under an hour and twenty minutes, but it never feels rushed, and it also doesn't leave you with that feeling that you want more. The movie was often funny, and even more often heartwarming. The plot also revolves around the controversial issue of abortion, allowing for moral deliberation within the characters.
That being said, "Grandma" is a well-acted, enjoyable film, but it is by no means revolutionary or awards-worthy (with the exception of maybe Tomlin). Still, if the subject matter won't offend you, it is worth a watch.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not because it doesn't warrant a re-watch.
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