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Paul Weitz takes on taboos and a punk rock Lily Tomlin in 'Grandma'

Paul Weitz takes on taboos and a punk rock Lily Tomlin in 'Grandma'

Paul Weitz wrote and directed "Grandma," a road comedy in which Lily Tomlin plays a 70-year-old poet helping her granddaughter raise the money for an abortion. Weitz, who also directed "In Good Company" and "Admission," as well as "American Pie" and "About a Boy" with his brother, Chris Weitz, spoke with The Times about tackling taboos and casting a punk rock septuagenarian. It's pretty provocative to make a movie where an abortion is the main goal of your protagonists. Where did you get the idea to do that? I wasn't intending on making an issue movie nor a polemic. It's very much a movie about how this seventysomething...

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