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Monday, June 22, 2015

I Watched the Whole Thing


Oh my goodness.  I sat down to watch a little TV and I watched every episode of Grace and Frankie.  I suppose you either love these two or you don't.  I think they were fabulous.  

What amazed me most was that several times Jane Fonda's character, Grace, alluded to being 70 years old.  I mean, how often do you hear that a character on a TV program or in a movie is 70 years old unless they are in bed on their last leg.  In real life, yes, we are proud to have survived.  But rarely do we see our aging selves portrayed so vibrantly.  For that, I thank them.  

Of course, there are probably only three people left on the planet that look as good as Jane Fonda does at 77 (she was born in '37), but that's ok.  She has spent the time, trouble and money to look that good.  I, myself, look more like Lily Tomlin's character, Frankie. 





19 comments:

  1. As you already know I LOVED this show!! I loved that they were old people. Yes I am only 59 in comparison younger, but I'm old. I understood them. Especially Frankie, God how I loved Frankie. She made me laugh when she told Jane that if she didn't say clitoris out loud she would show her hers. I was laughing so hard I coughed. My husband thought I was choking and he came in from the other room. Frankie is someone I would want to be friends with even though the way she dresses is not me. That is where I am more like Grace. But Grace wouldn't be a fun friend to me, as Frankie would . How pathetic am I ? They aren't even real people.

    There were times where it was so poignant. It broke my heart to see the friendship she and Sol had gone, like watching the spelling bee together. Frankie puts her arms back as though she was touching him to say, "See, see, I told you" and of course he wasn't there on the sofa with her. Or him soothing her after an earthquake. Her relationship with Sol was so different because they were truly friends. Grace and her husband didn't even seem to like one another. Grace was just a trophy wife.

    I can't wait for season 2. I saw Jane and Lily on a talk show saying that they had been renewed for season 2.
    I am going to watch it all over again before season 2 starts. I love it that much. Just like your meme says, after I binged on it I was depressed that it was over. I wanted it to go on and on for me. selfish me. :-)

    But I have to ask - what is the issue with the son that he is not allowed into his step sisters house anymore? I think I missed something.

    And to your point on how damn good Jane looks. Damn she looks great. She wears those clothes so well. I wish I could go to her plastic surgeon because she doesn't look different, just younger.

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    1. I can't wait for season two. I hope they continue to delve into women issues. In life, most women aren't as well off after being divorced. They are not as attractive and shapely as Jane. They are often not filled with all the outside interests that Lily has. And some, like Lily's character, lose their best friend. I loved this show and it hurt my heart at the same time.

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  2. I look more like Lily too. Hardly ANYONE looks like Jane. We plan to watch it at some point this summer. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I looked at Jane and I thought... I wished I looked so put together but I am too darn lazy. I have a good friend who is always dressed to the nines and I love that about her but I just can't be that person.

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  3. I like that last comment. I watched Sex and the City...the whole series in two days, and can't remember any of it.

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    1. I am so spoiled by the choices we have with Netflix, On Demand, and the like. I find something I like and I'll watch it like I'm chained to this chair. As much as I complain that we are spoiled and want too much handed to us, I love it when I can binge on a good program.

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  4. Hi Barbara :)

    I was wondering if that show would be any good, so I'll give it a try. Jane Fonda really does look incredible, but holy smokes, that's a lot of surgery LOL

    I can't believe your door handle fell off! How weird... glad you were able to get inside your car though and get it fixed :)

    Have a great week and I hope you get some sleep.

    xo,
    rue

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    1. The repair shop ordered a new handle for me but it hasn't come in yet. I am still entering through the passenger side and climbing over the shifter. Haven't done that since I was 18.

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  5. I liked that show better with each episode. And I also liked the fact that it portrayed people in their 70's living life.

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    1. YES. I loved that. They had a life and were dealing with their problems while pursing their own interests. I may love to rock on my front porch but I am not defined by that.

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  6. I knew your'd LOVE it!!! I definitely identify with Frankie and that suits me just fine. I feel sorry for women like Grace who feel they have to be 'ON' at all times ... like when Frankie asks if the shoes sever stop hurting and Grace answers with a huge NO!!!

    I can't wait for season two!!!

    S
    xo

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    1. Didn't it just hurt your heart when Frankie patted the couch and Sol wasn't there. It was just so full of things I thought various divorced women go through. I hope it branches into more of the issues women face along with the divorce issues.

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    2. I think it definitely will.

      What about the part where Grace is asking why Frankie isn't angry, and she says because I'm heartbroken. I really felt for her then. We all know what that's like.

      What do you think of Brianna ... I find her hilarious, "Daddy can you buy me some food that doesn't smell like decay?" LOL!

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  7. i don't have netflix. i may be the last person left that doesn't have it.
    but after this fabulous post about frankie and grace... i can see i'm going to have to change that quickly!
    i just turned 70 this month. and though not divorced... being a widow... i totally relate.
    i know jane has had some work done... but she also works at taking care of her body. always admired that.
    i thought she gave an hilarious performance in 'monster-in-law!' it was one of her best. she's a true comedienne.
    the right mix of outright hilarity with moments of pure poignancy.
    thanks for the great review!

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  8. Bridge and I watched the first episode together. I thought it was forced and contrived. Bridge loved it and she went on to watch the rest of the series. Maybe it's a female thing?

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    1. I agree there some contrived parts and was aimed toward women. I didn't feel there was a real relationship between the two men but I saw something (or lack of something) interesting between each married couple. It might be a chick flick for the older women! There are a lot of us so they should start making more.

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  9. Did you realize that not once, other than one of your commenters, did you mention where the series aired? I had to google it. It's on Netflix. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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  10. I'm tempted to watch it. Especially after reading the post and comments. Hmmmm, watching The Bletchley Circle right now. Great series! Maybe after this one is over? That last pic in your post made me nod. Yep. One thing I wish Netflix did was keep all seasons up. But I guess it depends on the studios that own the shows, not Netflix.

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    1. I started watching The Bletchley Circle but don't think I finished or maybe I just missed part of the episodes on PBS. I don't think Grace & Frankie will be for everyone. I happen to know some women that are going through things that was brought out in the movie. So maybe it was more relevant to me.

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