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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 & 12 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
Missy Doty ... Mom
Don McManus ... Dad


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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Did You Know?


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


At one point, as Elle and Sage are walking away from Olivia, Sage calls her "Vi," the name of Elle's dead partner. See more »


Elle Reid: Love does not conquer everything.
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Features Battle for Terra (2007) See more »


Written by Hrishikesh Hirway and LaKeith Stanfield
Performed by Moors (as MOORS)
Courtesy of Haven Sounds
By arrangement with Hidden Track Music
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User Reviews

An offbeat film of hope, desire and need for help all while finding a new road to life!
24 September 2015 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

"Grandma" is one of those short little nice independent films that touches the heart showing that life is full of change, hope and finding a new path for each. The grand old Lily Tomlin is Elle a past her prime college professor who's down in the dumps she's broke money wise and she's just broken up with her gay lady love Olivia(Judy Greer). To complicate matters one day her granddaughter Sage shows up one day needing 600 dollars and guess what it's for an abortion as Sage was knocked up by her boyfriend who hit the road! Then it's a funny and feel good road journey to obtain the 600 for an abortion and along the way it's a bonding of love and friendship as Sage's mother and Elle's daughter Judy(Marcia Gay Harden)an uptight and business like society snob provides the money for the procedure. Still thru it all each discover a journey of hope and a new beginning and Lily Tomlin's performance is shining even with her grand old age.

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,540, 23 August 2015

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1.37 : 1
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