Grandma’s Night Out

by Eddie Roche

Lily Tomlin reminds the world how good she is at being Lily Tomlin in the upcoming Grandma, which had a screening on Tuesday night in Manhattan with The Cinema Society and Kate Spade. “Personally when I hear too many good things about a movie, it makes me really nervous,” director Paul Weitz said before the film began. “It can’t live up to it so the movie is terrible and the writer and director is incompetent.” How wrong he is with The New York Times calling the film “acerbically funny…Lily Tomlin giving a career-capping performance.” Tomlin is a hoot as a lesbian Grandma whose granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash with a few visits along the way to characters played by Laverne Cox and screen icon Sam Elliott, who were all on hand at the Sunshine Cinema to celebrate their New York City premiere.

The eternally eclectic Cinema Society crowd spotted at the screening were Saffron Burrows, Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Mischa Barton, Andre Leon Talley (who enjoyed a box of Junior Mints before the film began! Holla!), Julie Klausner, Heidi Mount, Cory Bond, Andreja Pejic, Rob McGarry, Josh Truesdell, and the leader of the pack, Andrew Saffir.  The roof of Jimmy at the James Hotel, with thanks to Ketel One Vodka, played host to an after party where Tomlin and Elliott showed true grace with VIP guests who couldn’t resist a selfie with two Hollywood legends. Wouldn’t you? For the record, Grandma stayed out late.


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