Grandma

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Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) is a force of a nature in everything she does, and this film is no exception. That Julia Garner (Perks of Being a Wallflower) manages to keep up with her is a sign that the young actor really can continue her climb to greater recognition. Neither of these roles are groundbreaking for their careers, but they make a fun duo to watch and feel for.

Writer/Director Paul Weitz (Mozart in the Jungle) has created a sweet(ish) film about family and life. He wraps the tale in an odd road-trip movie about a Grandmother and her granddaughter, each trying to find their way through a bad situation. There are holes in the script and logic, but it feels solid and it is orchestrated wonderfully to keep you moving forward with unexpected events and flashes of humanity and heart.

Marcia Gay Harden (Magic in the Moonlight), Sam Elliott (I’ll See You in My Dreams), and Judy Greer (Ant-Man) add some particular spice to the plot, though Harden’s character is the most difficult to accept. There are a smattering of other cameos as well.

This is one of those small films that surprises in a good way. The performances alone are worth your time. It will give, or renew, your faith in family, however you define that word.

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