Bonding over abortion is the heart and soul of the new film Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, which is receiving buzz after when it premiered Friday at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film from Paul Weitz is what Variety‘s review notes is partly a “breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions.”
Tomlin’s character, Elle, is a former professor and poet who, after having a bad day when she breaks up with her girlfriend, “rediscovers her softer side when her granddaughter, unexpectedly pregnant while in high school, comes to her for help. The two women embark on a mission to find funds for the teenager.”
The mission on which they embark is a road trip across Los Angeles to get the $630 they need for Sage, Elle’s granddaughter, to have an abortion. Sage doesn’t doesn’t want her mean old mom to know, but Elle just paid off her credit cards and tore them up, so their option is to drive around asking people for abortion money.