Grandma script
Grandma (2015)
Synopsis: Grandma is a 2015 American comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2015 and served as the closing night film. The film is Lily Tomlin's first leading role in 27 years after co-starring with Bette Midler in 1988's comedy film Big Business. It is the second collaboration between Tomlin and Weitz, who previously directed her in his 2013 film Admission. The film was released on August 21, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics.

1 INT. ELLE’S APARTMENT - DAY 1

An apartment filled with books and art.

ELLE lives here. She is 70 years old, beautiful, andextremely wilful.

There is nothing of the old lady about her. She is selfish

and magnetic and smart.

With her this morning is Olivia, an attractive thirty fiveyear old woman who has been Elle’s lover for the last fewmonths.

Olivia is visibly upset. Elle seems much calmer. She moves

around her place, neatening up.

OLIVIA:

It’s not that I don’t love you.

Elle puts a teapot into a cupboard. Inside is a cap from anacademic’s cap and gown.

ELLE:

What the hell’s this doing in here?

OLIVIA:

These last four months have been

the...

Olivia is trying not to cry.

OLIVIA (CONT’D)

The last four months have been some

of the best months of my life.

ELLE:

Well. It’s been a short life.

Comparatively.

OLIVIA:

I’ve learned - I’ve learned so much

from you -

ELLE:

Yes, I’m very wise.

Olivia knuckles her eye.

ELLE (CONT’D)

Very wizened.

OLIVIA:

You’re not wizened.

Elle puts the medieval looking cap into a closet next to aprofessor’s striped red academic gown.

OLIVIA (CONT’D)

You’re beautiful.

ELLE:

Hah. So what have you learned,

exactly? Aside from backgammon?

(re gown)

There’s a rip in this Goddam thing.

OLIVIA:

I’ve learned...not to buy into the

system. I’ve learned persistence.

Courage. Dedication to one’s

craft. In the face of...

ELLE:

All reason?

OLIVIA:

You’re still a wonderful poet.

ELLE:

(with self-contempt)

I’m not a poet, I’m an academic.

An unemployed one -

OLIVIA:

You should send the new poems toyour editor

ELLE:

She has dementia. So she mightactually like ‘em. Look, are youbreaking up with me or giving me apep talk here? Stick with the

narrative.

OLIVIA:

Please. Elle

ELLE:

We always knew...

OLIVIA:

We always knew what?

ELLE:

I mean, you’re your age, and I’m...

rapidly approaching fifty.

Olivia smiles.

ELLE (CONT’D)

What was gonna happen here? You

don’t need a crystal ball oranything.

OLIVIA:

Do you love me?

(pause)

Are you in love with me?

ELLE:

Christ. Here. Blow your nose.

She hands Olivia a tissue. Olivia blows her nose.

OLIVIA:

You’ve never said it.

ELLE:

“It is a tale full of sound and

fury, signifying nothing.”

OLIVIA:

What is, love?

ELLE:

...I’m gonna vacuum.

OLIVIA:

Doesn’t love conquer everything?

ELLE:

No.

Elle involuntarily glances up at a photo on the wall.

The photo is of a striking-looking woman (named Violet),

taken in the late eighties.

The woman looks into the camera, out at Elle.

ELLE (CONT’D)

No. It does not conquer

everything.

(pause)

Four months. We were together forfour months. Try thirty-eight

years. Try being with someone forthirty-eight years.

(pause)

You’re a footnote.

OLIVIA:

“A footnote?” That’s...that’s a

horrible thing to say.

ELLE:

Well. I’m a horrible person.

(pause)

I’m gonna take a shower before I

vacuum. You can let yourself out.

OLIVIA:

Okay. I guess that’s it.

ELLE:

Yup. That’s it.

They stand there a moment.

Then Olivia comes over and kisses Elle.

OLIVIA:

Goodbye.

Elle is statue-like. Doesn’t reciprocate.

ELLE:

Leave the key on the coffee table.

Elle goes off.

Olivia stands there a moment, numb.

Then she leaves.

2

INT. SHOWER - DAY 2

Water goes on.

Water hits Elle’s face.

From behind Elle’s head, we see the top of a large TATTOO on

Elle’s back - a COLORFUL DRAGONFLY. Elle’s shoulders begin

to SHAKE as she starts to cry.

Her fists clench.

She pounds the wall of the shower.

CUT TO:
Elle is at the sink, brushing her teeth vigorously.

She bares her teeth at the mirror.

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Paul Weitz

Paul John Weitz (born November 19, 1965) is an American film producer, screenwriter, playwright, actor, and film director. He is the older brother of filmmaker Chris Weitz. He is best known for his work with his brother, Chris Weitz, on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy, for which the brothers, who co-directed, were nominated for an Oscar. more…

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