Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston (Netflix)

Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) mourn their former lives at the beach.

NOTE: This review contains MILD SPOILERS for Season 1.

Sometimes the friend you DON’T want is the one you get… and realize you NEED!  This is the set-up of the Netflix comedy series starring former 9 to 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.  The show is funny (BUT w/ serious undercurrents), smart, sensitive- a MUST-SEE!  After their husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston), leave them for EACH OTHER (becoming NOT only law partners), WASPy perfectionist Grace Hanson (Fonda) is thrown together w/ Jewish hippie Frankie Bergstein (Tomlin).  These ladies had dealt w/ each other over the past 30 yrs, BUT never been real friends until BOTH refuse to leave the SoCal beach house that their families invested in together. 

The two opposites share a lovely beach house.

Grace is VERY angry/embarrassed by the situation- how could Robert so something like this to HER!?  What will PEOPLE think, she often wonders?  Eventually, she realizes that there WERE clues around that he might’ve been gay.  Grace goes about creating a new life for herself, which includes online dating (MANY viewers of all ages will relate to this)!  

Grace has lunch w/ an overeager online suitor.

Frankie, on the other hand, is sad and retreats into herself.  She burns incense, meditates, and creates vlogs about how she’s feeling.  Frankie keeps in touch w/ Sol; they seem like a couple that was best friends (unlike Grace and Robert).  Of course, above these strong/capable women’s heads is the (VERY real) possibility of living their remaining years alone.  

Robert and Sol are VERY much in love, live together, and plan to wed soon. They don’t want to hide anymore.  Their four grown-up children are surprised, BUT also have dramas of their own to deal w/, as we eventually learn.

The younger gen doesn’t have it ALL figured out either!

Grace and Robert’s daughter Mallory (former model Brooklyn Decker) has some serious history w/ Frankie and Sol’s eldest son Coyote (Broadway actor Ethan Embry).  There is also Brianna (June Diane Raphael), who has taken over Grace’s cosmetic line.  Coyote’s younger brother Bud (up-and-coming comedian Baron Vaughn) is ALSO a lawyer and has his life together; he is helping out Coyote (recently got out of drug rehab).

With such a GREAT leading cast, you’re bound to also get some FAB veteran actors as guest stars: Corbin Bernsen (LA Law),  Sam Elliott, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Christine Lahti, Joe Morton (most recently on Scandal), and Craig T. Nelson (Coach). 

AFI Latin American Film Festival (SEPT 17 – OCT 7): Selected Trailers

Hello everyone,

Happy Friday!

It’s time again for the AFI Latin American Film Festival (#AFILatinFilm for those who tweet) in my ‘hood of Silver Spring, MD- YAY!  The diverse array of films will be shown at the AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center (8633 Colesville Rd.)  Spread the word to fam, pals, & co-workers- there will be something for everyone (no doubt).  On Thursdays and Fridays starting Sept. 18, there are Happy Hours 6-7 PM w/ complimentary snacks courtesy of La Malinche Restaurant, Latin American drink specials and festive music. You can also read my previous reviews here.

***FYI: Tickets for ALL films (except Opening Night) are half price on Sept. 11!***

Full list of films:

Below are trailers for the 3 films I’m going to see:

Marshland (FRI, 9/18) – Crime Thriller; winner of 10 Goya Awards (Spain’s Oscars)

How to Win Enemies (TUES, 9/29) – Dark Comedy/Mystery (Argentina); Q&A w/ filmmaker

Trash (WED, 10/7) – In English & Portuguese; starring Martin Sheen & Rooney Mara

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What Should I Watch NOW?

  • The Affair (Showtime) – My 2nd blog post on S1 Eps 6-10 will be up soon.  S2 premieres SUN, OCT 4th- YAY!
  • Alpha House (Amazon Prime) – 2 seasons are now up; you can’t go wrong w/ John Goodman; fans of Homicide (like me), will get a treat in seeing Clark Johnson.
The leads of Alpha House: Who knew REPUBLICANS could be so much FUN!?”
  • Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden (Netflix) – Who DOESN’T love this guy!?
  • Being Mary Jane (BET/Netflix) – 2 seasons are now up on Netlix; this is a MUST-SEE drama starring the (always FAB) Gabrielle Union; better and even more realistic than Girls & SATC) read my review of S1 here.
  • Black Mirror (Netflix) – Read my review here.
  • Broadchurch (BBC/PBS/Netflix) – Read my review of S1 here.
  • Catastrophe (Amazon Prime) – This show is INSANE… and insanely good; see it RIGHT NOW!!!  Carrie Fisher has a recurring role, too!
Catastrophe is written by Sharon Horgan (Irish) & Rob Delaney (former theater actor/comic).
  • Daredevil (Netflix) – It’s more like a cop show, NOT a typical superhero one.  This is a MUST-SEE for L&O: CI/Vincent D’Onofrio fans!
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In Daredevil, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is the supervillain who’s awkward w/ women.
  • Empire (FOX/Hulu) – Read my review here.
  • The Fall (Netflix) – Read my review here.
  • Fruitvale Station (Netflix) – A slice-of-life film about Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a young dad who was killed by a transit cop in San Fran; his mom is played by Octavia Spencer.
  • Grace and Frankie (Netflix) – Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston (WOW, what a cast!) star in this SMART/FUNNY life-after-divorce comedy.
Grace (Jane Fonda) tries online dating… & meets an overeager beau in Grace and Frankie.
  • Happy Valley (BBC/Netflix) – Read my review here.
  • House of Cards (Netflix) – 3 seasons are now out; def check out S1 (if you don’t have a LOTTA time)!
  • Orange is the New Black  (Netflix) – MUST-SEE for anyone who wants to see diversity/women/& just LOL.
  • The Politician’s Husband (BBC/Netlfix) – A UK miniseries that shows us a V different side of David Tennant, who gets caught up in his ambitions, along w/ his wife, played by Emily Watson.
  • The Slap (Netflix) – I watched the original Aussie version of this miniseries; it’s got a large/diverse cast incl. two FAB ladies: Sophie Okonedo (Brit; Hotel Rwanda) & Melissa George (Aussie; In Treatment: S1).  Each ep is told from a different perspective.
Essie Davis, Melissa George, & Sophie Okonedo play lifelong pals in The Slap.