Elle—wit, widow, curmudgeon, and a lesbian poet of some reputation—has just unceremoniously dumped her much-younger girlfriend when her granddaughter shows up at her doorstep, needing money for an abortion. Similarly broke, the two then spend the day cruising around town in a 1955 Dodge Royal trying to wrangle the cash, running into old friends and erstwhile lovers as Elle doles out grumpily sage advice. The trip prompts a low-key reckoning with a complicated past that’s unexpectedly very present, and Tomlin shows herself once again to be a master of small moments, imbuing the performance with considerable grace, tenderness, and rough-edged charm.

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