30 Something Grandma, a three-part series, follows three moms on the verge of becoming young grandmothers as their teenage daughters prepare for the birth of their own children. Everything is tested, naturally: one soon-to-be-grandma loses her job; another has a strained relationship with her daughter; a would-be fabulous move to Mexico is put on hold.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 60 minutes
30 Something Grandma - Superstar (1999 film) - Netflix
Superstar is a 1999 American comedy film and a Saturday Night Live spin-off about a quirky, socially inept girl named Mary Katherine Gallagher. The character was created by SNL star Molly Shannon and appeared as a recurring character on SNL in numerous skits. The story follows Mary Katherine trying to find her place in her Roman Catholic private school. The movie is directed by former Kids in the Hall member Bruce McCulloch. It stars Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Harland Williams, and Elaine Hendrix. SNL and Kids in the Hall alum Mark McKinney, who appeared in many of the Mary Katherine Gallagher SNL skits on TV, also has a minor role as a priest. Molly Shannon received a nomination for Blockbuster Entertainment Award “Favorite Actress - Comedy” but lost out to Heather Graham in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
30 Something Grandma - Reception - Netflix
Superstar received negative reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 74 critics, with the consensus: “Dumb script and flat jokes made this another SNL misfire.” Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated the film one star out of four, writing: “Here is a portrait of a character so sad and hapless, so hard to like, so impossible to empathize with, that watching it feels like an act of unkindness.” He furthermore described Shannons' character as “hostile” and “not very nice”, stating that “She's one of those people who inspires in you the inexplicable desire to be hurtful and cruel”. James Berardinelli of ReelViews, who gave the film two out of four stars, said that “Molly Shannon is a likable, energetic performer” and some of the jokes were “actually funny”, but there would still not be “enough here to justify a feature-length movie”. He also felt the film's attempts “at developing Mary into something more than a two-dimensional caricature” were pointless since “the script doesn't show any respect for her”. Dennis Harvey of Variety magazine gave a positive review, calling the film a “pleasant surprise” as he expected only mediocrity from another Saturday Night Live adaptation. He said it is “amusing” but “uneven”, suggesting it might build good word of mouth and do well but would be unlikely to reach the commercial success of Wayne's World.
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