Netflix’s So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! Review: No One’s Laughing

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is a comedy movie written and directed by Ángeles Reiné and starring Rosa Maria Sardà, Verónica Forqué, Ingrid García Jonsson and David Verdaguer alongside other cast members.

How many times have we seen gay relationships getting belittled in movies? I mean, real-life is shitty as it is, but the filmmakers don’t do any favours with their movies and showcasing an inclusive and happy movie/show about the LGBTQA+ community. I think the only show that truly brought forth the perfect gay relationship and a truly inclusive and happy community was Schitt’s Creek. With the most casual title I have seen in a movie, So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is one oddball that leaves you feeling very confused about your feelings towards it.

The movie follows Celia and her lifelong friend Sofia who realise that they’re in love. Happy to be out of the closet (yay grandmas!) and intending to get married, they tell their families about their relationship. However, granddaughter Eva, getting married in a conservative family herself (and almost everyone else) just cannot let them be happy. Will the couple be able to tie the knot?

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is mostly a comedy. However, the chuckles and giggles are few and far in-between. Most of the time you will rage as to how homophobic all these people are. Sure, your grandmother telling you she is a lesbian might come as an initial shock, but hey, move on and congratulate her. However, lead lady Eva just cannot let her old grandmother be happy because her homophobic in-laws would not be able to bear the news.

The problem here is that most of the movie is driven by Eva’s projection of her own unwillingness to get married to her fiancé and her bitterness. Don’t worry, the guy doesn’t matter and their breakup, too, is as boring and uneventful as their relationship. There’s not much to look forward to in a movie when the lead lady is absolutely horrible.

So My Grandma's a Lesbian

However, So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is cute and charming for the lead couple, Celia and Sofia. Love at that age is hard and these two women have the courage and determination to stand up against the people who judge them for their relationship. Honestly, if you do decide to watch the movie, it’ll be for them. On the other hand, Eva’s relationship with Jorge feels forced and unnecessary. From the moment she stumbles in front of his car, you know a romance is on the way. It’s predictable and boring but not in a way that will give you a familiar feeling of warmth and happiness.

The editing in So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is absolutely atrocious. Each and every scene cuts awkwardly and fades to black. Like, someone would be talking and then all of a sudden, the scene would cut to black and then another random scene would start. It’s so awkward and choppy that once you see it you can’t ignore it. It almost drove me insane. Additionally, the cinematography isn’t that great either and the production quality is average at best. Same goes for the background score – it’s mostly predictable and forgettable.

The cast does a good job with their roles. Although the screenplay is, well, boring, the cast does what it can to bring the people to life. Ingrid García Jonsson’s Eva is forgettable and annoying although she does a good job at embodying her character. Rosa Maria Sardà and Verónica Forqué are brilliant and cute as Celia and Sofia. They shine and are the only redeeming characters here. Everyone else also does a good job, although all of their characters are, unfortunately, pretty annoying.

Summing up: So My Grandma’s a Lesbian!

So My Grandma's a Lesbian

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! doesn’t really deliver much in terms of jokes or the feel-good factor. Although it does throw some light on older same-sex relationships, the supporting characters are pretty homophobic and it’s really not a cute look.

The movie would’ve been great had we focused only on the two grandmas, their backstory and love life instead of trying to focus on the side-plots. The side-plots, honestly, suck.

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! is streaming on Netflix.

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So My Grandma's a Lesbian underperforms due to the myriad of unnecessary side-plots and absolutely annoying characters.
Archi Sengupta
Horror Movies + Cats > People

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