By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
Paulette tells the classic tale of a kindly old woman just trying to find friendship and fulfillment in her golden years. So, she books a hotel in India and sets sail with several of her closest (emotionally, to death) friends aboard the Golden Pond cruise ship, captained by a wise, Southern aphorism-spouting Morgan Freeman. Old People.
I may or may not tune out when I watch these kind of flicks…
Oh, wait, no, this is about an incredibly racist, hateful old bag who starts a hash-dealing empire. Let’s call it Breaking… Hips?
Bernadette Lafont as Paulette is the anchor of the film, and such a foul-mouthed, cantankerous old bat that you wish she coulda hooked up with Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino before he developed a hankering for crucifixion by bullet. Her haughty air and impeccable delivery sell its dark and highly irreverent humor perfectly, without ever turning off the audience. It’s a hilarious, credible, and even heart-tugging performance.
The film itself is well-shot, and sneaks in some jabs at institutions ranging from the Catholic Church to French social security. It also allows us a look at the side of Paris most films shy away from- the seedy, dirty underbelly every city has.
Just a tad seedier…
The movie runs out of steam a tad when the novelty of a drug-dealing Grandma wears off and the plot gets rolling. By the time Paulette and her cronies (ha… cronies) storm a drug house packing heat, maaaybe you could say the film jumps the shark by a few inches.
While the humor is excellent at its darkest, that doesn’t mean we don’t get also get a dose of the typical yuks you’d expect from this scenario. Yes, old people get high, and the horny old man subplot is more than a little stale.
Grandma’s candy dish-level stale
Paulette is a great little comedy about a foul-mouthed, drug-dealing Grandma. Oh, and considering the recent and continuing cannabis debate about cannabis seeds and their legalization in most Western countries, Paulette is a timely tale. What more do you need? Go watch it now.
Take a Drink: for every racial slur or grossly inappropriate comment from Paulette
Take a Drink: honestly… that should get you where you’re going, if not…
Take a Drink: anytime you see drugs