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Lucky Grandma’s Review – Gaming Grandma Keeps Making Fun Capers | Comedy movies


Ssentimentalizing, condescending and generally disrespecting our elders is now a movie trope for any title that includes the words “grandma” or “grandfather” to cause an unintentional thrill. That Lucky Grandma is not a part of these films is mainly due to her star, Tsai Chin, whose many attributes include the ability to conduct full conversations with a lit cigarette hanging from her lower lip. A look on Grandma’s stern face tells us that she hasn’t come to play.

Unless the game is blackjack, of course. Grandma loves to play almost as much as she loves to smoke; so, after a fortune teller told her her luck would run out on October 28, she joined a retiree coach trip to Atlantic City. It will be a distraction to mourn her late husband and resist the nagging interference of her son (Eddie Yu) and his family.

Grandma is a very different type of casino boss than Chin did as in 2006 Casino Royale (himself a nod to her 1967 Bond girl turn in You Only Live Twice). When fate finally leads Grandmother to the promised riches, it is by a roundabout route that attracts the attention of the local Chinese mafia. Always on the hunt for bargains, she hires a “discount bodyguard” from a rival gang (Taiwanese basketball pro Hsiao-Yuan Ha) and a criminal caper ensues, in which a woman aged is the protagonist, not the punchline – for a change.

The sheer originality of this installation, which takes place in a Chinese-speaking corner of New York City, is quite heartening, but Lucky Grandma is also full of unexpected comedic touches, such as grandson’s YouTube dance routines. The result is a film that appeals to people in inverse proportion to its cranky heroine.

Lucky Grandma is available on digital platforms from November 9.