Entertaining diversion as grandma (a splendidly splenetic Lily Tomlin – 9 to 5, TV’s Grace and Frankie) finds herself the financial target for $630 from granddaughter, college student Sage (Julia Garner – The Assistant, TV’s Ozark). Seems Sage is pregnant and is too afraid to ask her mother (Marcia Gay Harden – Mystic River, TV’s The Morning Show) for money for an abortion.
Having recently cut up her credit cards, the money is not so easy to find and the appointment is only a few hours away. As they traverse the city looking to call in favours, the journey becomes one of self discovery and understanding.
Lots of strong cameos add to a sharply scripted, character-driven narrative dominated by Tomlin. She’s pensive, acerbic, witty, canny, vulnerable – and lonely. The result is a readily enjoyable feature written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Little Fockers).