Netflix Original Series: Grace and Frankie
A review of the Netflix Original Series Grace and Frankie
The series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never particularly liked each other, are forced to live together and support each other as they navigate the next chapter of their lives.
Sullywood Rating: 7.5/10
Grace and Frankie is most definitely not your typical sit com. It finds a way to combine laugh out loud scenes with heart wrenching situations in which our titular ladies must deal with both of their husbands not only coming out, but coming out and declaring themselves in a relationship…..talking Facebook out in the open here.
The women do a fantastic job of sinking into their characters and forcing the audience to believe in every word they say. Lily Tomlin will have you grabbing your side from laughing so much, a performance which rightfully garnered here an Emmy nomination. The contrast between the care free Frankie and the uptight Grace is a sit come cliche, but that won’t matter as you find yourself having a blast watching the two interact.
The men of Grace and Frankie though I find the complete opposite of their female counterparts. Both Sheen and Waterston in my opinion, are stiff, uncomfortable, and seem extremely awkward in their roles. They play these roles as if they are guest hosting an episode of SNL. I’m not sure if they are reflecting the uncertainty of their characters lives at the moment, or their uncertainty of how they are supposed to play their roles. Hopefully the writers and actors do a better job in the upcoming seasons.
Either way, their performance doesn’t take away from this enjoyable show and what it offers to the audience, a refreshing story line that is consistent with current events. Also, don’t think that because the main cast’s age is over a combined 200 years old defer you from this show. The jokes are very modern and relatable to all generations. I recommend diving into Grace and Frankie.