Review of Grace and Frankie

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

30 minutes

Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) as a pair of frenemies whose lives are turned upside down - and permanently intertwined - when their husbands leave them for each other. From executive producers Marta Kaufmann (“Friends”) and Howard Morris (“Home Improvement”), the funny and fearless series takes on aging with gusto, as Grace and Frankie face starting over in their 70s in a 21st Century world, from facelifts to Facebook, joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness. The comedic drama also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, along with Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael.
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by marire1
Aug 10, 2015 11:32PM EDT
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Look I'm not sure who this show is for. But I guess this would be like watching my mum move in with a hippie.
The idea is so great and of course the cast has pedigree like no body's business but in the end it's a disaster.
While Sam Waterston brings the gravtas of the Las&Order ADA with him to this broad comedy everyone else seems to be playing this incredibly BROAD.
Jane Fonda, god bless her septegenearian heart, is working SO HARD that her over the top performance is uncomfortable to watch.
Lilly Tomlin flashes the brilliance of 9-5 and Big Business but that kind of acting was cutting edge 20 years ago. It just feels dated and obvious next to amazing modern comedies like Transparent.
The best parts are Lily and Sam together as they have genuine chemistry on screen and you can see the lives they led and the wrench the truth is for them.
However Martin Sheen just isn't as strong on screen in his scenes and his more quiet performance feels false as well.
The set ups are obvious and its both sickly and well worn storytelling.
A real missed opportunity to tap into a new audience with some classic comedic and dramatic talents.

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