“I wrote the script for Lily Tomlin,” says director Paul Weitz

Weitz previously worked with the actress in the film “Admission.”

Left to right- Julia Garner as Sage and Lily Tomlin as Elle Photo by Aaron Epstein

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes can be seen in the upcoming movie “Grandma” where she plays a fast talking, foul mouthed grandmother.

It’s a role writer/director Paul Weitz says he wrote with Tomlin in mind.

“I wrote the script hearing Lily’s voice. Then I asked her to lunch and told her I had written a script for her and told her the story and gave it to her.”

Left to right- Laverne Cox as Deathy and Julia Garner as Sage Photo by Glen WilsonIn “Grandma,” ​Elle Reid (Tomlin)​ has just gotten through breaking up with her much younger girlfriend (Judy Greer) when her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown for an abortion. 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. Some of these old friends include actress Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) who has a small role as a tattoo artist.​

“The film is female driven,” Weitz continues. “According to the Guttmacher Institute, as of 2008, 30% of women had had an abortion by the age of 45. So it’s unlikely that most people don’t at least know someone who has faced the question of whether or not to end an unintended pregnancy. The film doesn’t make light of the issue. It puts it in the context of the characters, who all have their own perspectives towards the issue.”

The film which was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is a generational delight. Funny and fresh, Tomlin keeps the humor flowing as the grumpy, sarcastic but supportive grandmother who garners plenty of laughs.

Lily Tomlin

​The iconic Tomlin who continues to venture across ​different media platforms starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video, is best remembered for “9-5,” the 1980 comedy where she played alongside Dolly Parton in the ​office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on the tyrannical, sexist boss. Tomlin has received numerous awards, including seven Emmys and a Tony award.

“Grandma” release in U.S. theaters Friday.

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