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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 »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elle
... Olivia
... Sage
... Young Man
... Chau
... Cam
... Deathy
Aaron Bilyeu ... Tattoo Artist
... Carla
... Bonobo Customer
... Karl
... Ian (as Mo Aboul-Zelof)
... Judy
... Wendy
... 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)  »

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Paul Weitz wrote the role specifically for Lily Tomlin. 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 »


Sage: You know, you have a real anger problem.
Elle Reid: No, no, I don't. I have an asshole problem. When people are assholes, I get angry.
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One-Time Used-to Be
Written by Ryan Taylor
Performed by Oil Boom
Courtesy of VU Music
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An offbeat film of hope, desire and need for help all while finding a new road to life!
24 September 2015 | by See 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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