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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main characters value their friendship and definitely take initiative, but their plans are so poorly thought-out that that may not be a positive thing.
Positive Role Models
The main characters take agency and stick up for each other, which are generally considered good traits. But their method of doing so is poorly conceived, illegal, unethical, and actually murderous.
Violence & Scariness
No blood is shown, and it's all played for laughs, but a man is shot, two men are bludgeoned to death, and two corpses are dismembered (with chainsaws, etc.). Despite the lack of gore, it's possible younger viewers could be disturbed, especially by the dismemberment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing shown, but porn featuring elderly actors is referenced once, non-graphically.
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A few uses of "s--t," "bitch," and "d--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Grandmas is a comedy about a group of older female friends (including Florence Henderson and Pam Grier) who get mixed up in violent crime. While no blood or gore is shown on-screen -- and most of the violence is played for laughs -- it could be disturbing to younger viewers. The women dismember two dead bodies with chainsaws and the like, and a severed head is shown in a freezer. There's also a shooting, two bludgeonings, and an incompetent shoot-out. Language is fairly infrequent but includes "s--t" and "bitch." There's also a brief verbal reference to elderly porn. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In the unintentionally truthful advertising department, Grandmas really is bad. Henderson's apparently final film appearance is wasted in this film, which has to keep reminding us it's a comedy through egregious use of fiddles and banjos. When Mimi and her friends get mixed up in the sort-of accidental shooting and end up dismembering the victim, there's no emotional response whatsoever. And it happens to another bad guy later, with a whole lotta (bloodless) bludgeoning. So are these women psychopaths? Grier is among them, but you can hardly tell it's her under the odd blonde wig and lack of characterization in the script and direction.
Every moment seems to take too long, scenes are rife with unnecessary shots and edits, and exposition is crammed down our throats. There's no emotional resonance in Bad Grandmas, and there are no consequences -- and, therefore, there are no stakes. And, just like drama, comedy needs stakes to succeed -- either that, or it has to leap fully into the absurd, à la Monty Python. This ain't that. No one appears to have bothered to think through the plot or add interesting complications. Threads are left dangling (maybe there was supposed to be some mother-daughter drama, but it doesn't materialize, while another daughter's potential romance is a bizarre afterthought). The similarly themed The Homebodies much more effectively explores this territory. Most viewers' hours will be better spent with a visit to their actual grandmas.
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