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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.



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


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Ian (as Mo Aboul-Zelof)


Lily Tomlin 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.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Aprendendo Com a Vovó  »


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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car that Elle (Lily Tomlin) and Sage (Julia Garner) drive in for much of the movie is a 1955 Dodge Royal that is actually owned by Lily Tomlin. Tomlin told USA Today that she bought it in 1975 for $1,500. She said, "It's not a prize car. It's not a car that people yearn for. But it has a nice look to it. . . . The car is almost a character in the movie. I knew I kept that car for a reason." 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: Where can you get a reasonably priced abortion in this town?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Written by Ryan Taylor
Performed by Oil Boom
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The movie does have a very good message and is very much worth seeing but the real reason to check this out is for Lily Tomlin.
8 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

"I'm not trying to ruin your life. I'm not perfect, we're not all perfect." Elle (Tomlin) is bitter and stubborn. When she gets into a fight with her girlfriend and they break up she acts tough. When her granddaughter Sage (Garner) asking for her help Elle takes her under her wing and does everything she can to help her out. What Elle finds is that this experience helps her more than she expected. This is a movie I was not sure what to expect. The few Lily Tomlin movies I have seen have been Big Business and 9 to 5, not really my favorites. I was totally shocked by her in this movie, in a good way. Lily Tomlin is hilarious in this and plays a role you have never seen her in before. Picture Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa as portrayed by Lily Tomlin. The stuff she says is pretty offensive and so out of the blue that you can't help but laugh. The movie does have a very good message and is very much worth seeing but the real reason to check this out is for Lily Tomlin. Overall, smartly written with a version of Lily Tomlin you have never seen. I give this a B+.

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