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Grandma (2015)

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A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.


Paul Weitz


Paul Weitz
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Tomlin ... Elle
Judy Greer ... Olivia
Julia Garner ... Sage
Carlos Miranda ... Young Man
John Cho ... Chau
Nat Wolff ... Cam
Laverne Cox ... Deathy
Aaron Bilyeu Aaron Bilyeu ... Tattoo Artist
Elizabeth Peña ... Carla
Colleen Camp ... Bonobo Customer
Sam Elliott ... Karl
Mo Zelof ... Ian (as Mo Aboul-Zelof)
Marcia Gay Harden ... Judy
Meg Crosbie ... Wendy
Sarah Burns ... Jill


Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing six hundred dollars 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.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprendendo Com a Vovó See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,540, 23 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,980,421, 28 February 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lily Tomlin and Sam Elliott appeared on Grace and Frankie (2015). See more »


When Sage and her grandma are talking next to the tree, during one shot a black body mic wire is visible on the right side of Sage's blouse. In between takes it is covered up. See more »


Elle Reid: Love does not conquer everything.
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References X-Men (2000) See more »


Baby If This Is Nowhere
Written by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist
Performed by Over the Rhine
Courtesy of Great Speckled Dog
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Tomlin Is Superb in This Unconventional Indie
12 February 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Lily Tomlin is superb here starring as the acerbic Elle, a known poet and author, who's having trouble writing again after her same-sex partner, of some 38 years, passed away. One day, Elle gets a surprise visit from her granddaughter Sage, who tells Elle that she's pregnant and needs over $600 for a scheduled abortion later that day. Julia Garner is also excellent in her portrayal of Sage.

Thus the two women will begin an odyssey around town in an attempt to raise the money. At times, things will get crude and rude, and there are some rough spots, but there's also some good humor and I thought it all culminated in an uplifting ending.

Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, and Sam Elliott also add well to the mix in supporting roles. Additionally, the film is well written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy).

All in all, this indie at only 1 hr. and 18 min. in length, led by Tomlin and Garner, with strong support from the cast, kept me absorbed and interested in how it would all play out.

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