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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin go out to kill – Deadline

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin go out to kill – Deadline

Writer-director Paul Weitz penned the sublime road comedy Grandmother for Lily Tomlin, and now at Tomlin’s suggestion, he’s written a new movie for both Lily and Jane Fonda, one featuring unrecognizable characters from the pair they played for seven years on the Netflix sitcom, grace And Frankie, in a story tinged with a dark side, as well as some scathing comments about the effect of sexual trauma, even nearly half a century later. This is the kind of movie I love, independently made, with great actors in unexpected kinds of roles, running a tight, lean 85 minutes, and being thoroughly entertaining with something to say too.

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Fonda plays Claire, who attends the funeral of her old college roommate, Joyce. She is reunited with another friend from college, Evie (Tomlin), and confesses that her plans include not only attending a funeral to pay her respects, but also killing Joyce’s husband, Howard (a creepy Malcolm McDowell), who in a drunken night decades ago, already knowingly. her wife, he inflicted sexual trauma on Claire, a horrendous experience she never told Joyce, but which, like so many victims of sexual abuse, she has kept bottled up, in her case, for 46 years. She has her mind set on carrying out her assassination plans, and the movie actually elicits quite a few nervous laughs due to her raw and single-minded determination. Fonda plays her alternately fragile and confident in her mission, someone who is finally confronting a past that she had hidden but who is not afraid to act in graphically violent terms. A kitchen knife at the front desk will suffice, or a trip to a gun store to buy a gun to shoot Howard with, or a deal made with a friend who might have another kind of gun that works, or what if I just suffocation with a pillow?

Tomlin’s caustic Evie gets her own moments of display at the funeral and then a reception with her own revelations that are sure to shock the assembled mourners. Together, she and Claire team up for revenge, but this isn’t widely interpreted as, say, the first movie they co-starred in, 1980. from 9 to 5 in which they also teamed up to get revenge on their horrible boss, but here more deliberately, even quietly, in which you fully believe the damage that was caused in one night decades ago that man quickly forgot about, but a source of forever pain for women

Malcolm McDowell, Paul Wait, Lily Tomlin and Richard Roundtree of Moving On pose for a portrait at Deadline Studio held during the Toronto Film Festival at Soluna on September 12, 2022 in Toronto, Canada

In a subplot, Fonda is also reunited with an old boyfriend (Richard Roundtree) whom she abruptly broke up with, without explanation. They pick up, now years wiser, where they left off with moving results.

The title says it all, these are all characters who are “moving on”, but they have to erase the wounds of the past before they can do so. Weitz (About a Guy, Admission, In Good Company, American Pie) he’s a writer who can take an outrageous idea and somehow make it plausible, which is exactly what he does here. Who has not wanted to kill someone at some point in their life, but of course he would never act on it? Claire convinces you she’s serious, but she’s not some overblown movie character, she’s a believable older woman out to right a wrong. Fonda digs into this.

No one can deliver a zinger like Tomlin, and Weitz has given him select material. By the way, his 2014 film. Grandmother which details Tomlin driving his granddaughter played by Julia Garner to have an abortion, would be set for re-release after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. McDowell, with distant memories of Yes…. Y A Clockwork Orange you can play foul with the best of them and bring home this obnoxious guy. Roundtree looks great and has some warm and touching scenes with Fonda in a bittersweet reunion between their characters.

The producers are Stephanie Meurer, Andrew Miano, Chris Parker, Dylan Sellers and Weitz. Forward had its world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival and is seeking distribution. UTA handles sales.

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