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Lucky Grandma (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Lucky Grandma gives Tsai Chin a long-overdue opportunity to shine in a leading role -- but it's audiences who are the truly fortunate ones.

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In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

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Critic Reviews for Lucky Grandma

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (17)

The exhuberant vitality of Lucky Grandma is a delight, with a wonderfully droll performance by Tsai Chin.

November 2, 2021 | Full Review…

In this incandescent and utterly delightful debut, director Sasie Sealy delivers a sparkling movie that centers the story of an elderly woman of color with the agency, care, and attention it deserves.

February 15, 2021 | Full Review…

She and she alone makes the movie worth your time.

February 15, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Lucky Grandma has all the hallmarks of an old-school cult favourite.

November 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film that's people-pleasing in inverse proportion to its grouchy heroine.

November 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The fusion of Andrew Orkin's score and Eduardo Enrique Mayén's cinematography, which coats everything in the grimy yellow of a lifelong smoker's room, tips the hat towards noir, but Sealy balances that with a deft wit and charm

May 29, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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