Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Ol’ Robbo heard yesterday that Lily Tomlin is in a new movie called “Grandma”. When I first heard the movie’s plot and that it was being billed as a comedy, and especially with the parade of Planned Parenthood fetus-slaughtering horribles somehow becoming even more chillingly evil every day, I thought the whole thing must be a ghastly parody story. Well, no.
In need of cash — we’ll get to why in a minute — Elle Reid [Tomlin’s character], a poet and sometime professor in her 70s, decides to sell some precious old books. She figures that even though they’re a bit worse for wear, her first editions of Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir should fetch a few hundred dollars at the local feminist bookstore-cafe. Her outrage when she’s grudgingly offered a lot less than that compounds her dismay at her teenage granddaughter’s cluelessness about the authors of “The Feminine Mystique” and “The Second Sex.” What’s wrong with the world these days?
Why did I think it must be a sick parody? Well you see, the “why” here is that her (of course unmarried) granddaughter is pregnant and wants to get an abortion. Apparently, the bulk of the picture involves the pair of them knocking about the streets of L.A., laughing, crying and bonding with each other while trying to gin up the readies to pay for it.
I tell yez, the jokes practically write themselves.
The linked review, from the NYTimes, rayther skates over this foundational plot point in a few short words and instead focuses on Tomlin’s I-Am-Wimminz-Hear-Me-Roar character:
She is impatient with the world and suspicious of the motives of a lot of people in it, but that is partly a result of her idealism, her uncompromising commitment to behaving like a free human being.
Get that? ROOOAAAR!!
Funnily enough, I’m impatient with the world and suspicious of many peoples’ motives, too, God forgive me. But the idealism grounding my commitment to “behaving like a free human being” in no way, shape or form involves aiding and abetting in the destruction of another one.
I suppose I’m just kinda stupid that way.
Anyhoo, I’m guessing the film will get a lot of critical acclaim and not much box-office dosh. Certainly none of my daughters – all of whom are very much Pro-Life – would find the slightest reason for wanting to go see it.