Don’t Mess With Grandma

Lucky Grandma ****
Run Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Stars: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow
Writers: Angela Cheng, Sasie Sealy
Director: Sasie Sealy

Reviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival

A caper film unlike any you’ve ever seen, first-time director Sasie Sealy has built a raucous, twisty and consistently hilarious yarn around a pitch-perfect performance by Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club, Memoirs of a Geisha).

She plays a recently widowed New York Chinatown matron who, assured by her fortune teller that she’s about to enjoy the luckiest day of her life, heads for a casino to cash in. But there’s good luck and there’s bad luck — and soon Grandma is knee-deep in the latter, dodging bullets in a Chinatown gang war.

Of course, Lucky Grandma has more than fun thrills in mind: It’s also an unvarnished critique of the marginalization of older people in America — whatever their cultural outpost. 

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Bill Newcott

Award-Winning Film Critic, Columnist, TV Host and Creator of AARP's Movies For Grownups, Bill writes for publications including National Geographic, The Saturday Evening Post, Delaware Beach Life, Alaska Beyond and Northwest Travel.

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