Lily Tomlin as grandma (left) and Julia Garner as grand-daughter in one of their contemplative moments in the film Grandma featured by the Williams Lake Film club at the Gibraltar Room next Tuesday.

Lily Tomlin as grandma (left) and Julia Garner as grand-daughter in one of their contemplative moments in the film Grandma featured by the Williams Lake Film club at the Gibraltar Room next Tuesday.

Film club presents the dramedy Grandma for spring break

The so-called dramedy Grandma is coming up next week for the Williams Lake Film Club.

The so-called dramedy Grandma is coming up next week for the Williams Lake Film Club.

The screening takes place Tuesday, March 22 in the Gibraltar Room with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m.

Grandma by writer/director Paul Weitz features Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott, and many others with some great performances.

Filmed in California the U.S. production runs for 79 minutes.

For once I wish a film could have been longer, it is just so good!

It is a comedy/drama, what is now called a dramedy, and rated R for some bad language and some light drug use.

The film had a limited release in September of 2015.

Why limited?

Is it that the subject of abortion is just too delicate to be talked about?

Is it because Grandma has a girlfriend — oh my?

These matters are dealt with realistically and in great taste.

International Women’s Day in Canada was on March 8, in the U.S. the whole month of March is Women’s History Month, which makes the film even more perfect to watch right now.

Grandma deals with three generations of women: the grandma played by Lily Tomlin, her daughter played by Marcia Gay Harden, and her granddaughter played by Julia Garner.

All three women are feminists in their own way and the cross generational portraits of them are done so very well, right down to the way each one of them speaks.

Lily Tomlin absolutely stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown.

Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Grandma could have been mushy bringing the three generations together, but it never is.

On the contrary, the film is smart and acerbically funny, never missing a beat to bring out the believable reality of different situations.

It is a complete hoot but also makes you think about the foibles and drama of life. Serious critics love this film and highly recommend it. And so do I! Don’t miss your chance to watch Lily Tomlin in all her glory!

Admission is $10 regular at the box office, $8 for Film Club members $6 for students, high school and TRU, as well as for seniors, 65-plus.

Anyone can be a member by paying $10 for one season, September until May.

Tuesday, back doors to the Gibraltar Room open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening of Grandma starts at 7 p.m.

Williams Lake Tribune

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