Wednesday, July 24, 2024
97 minutes 
Independent, Action/Adventure, Comedy
Rated PG13
English, Not Subtitled
Josh Margolin
June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, and Malcolm McDowell

The feature directorial debut of Josh Margolin, THELMA is a poignant action-comedy that gives veteran Oscar® nominee June Squibb (NEBRASKA and ELEANOR THE GREAT) her first leading role, and features the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree (SHAFT). Squibb, who did most of her own stunts in the film, plays Thelma Post, a feisty 93-year-old grandmother who gets conned by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson (The White Lotus’ Fred Hechinger). She sets out on a treacherous quest across Los Angeles to reclaim what was taken from her, accompanied by an aging friend (Roundtree) and his motorized scooter. Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, and Malcolm McDowell also star.
Inspired by a real-life experience of Margolin’s own grandmother, THELMA puts a clever spin on movies like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, shining the spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. With infectious humor, Margolin employs the familiar tropes of the action genre to hilariously tackle aging with agency. In the first leading film role of her 70-year career, Squibb portrays the strong-willed Thelma with grit and determination, demonstrating that she is more than capable of taking care of business–despite what her daughter Gail (Posey), son-in-law Alan (Gregg), or grandson Danny might believe.
“Nonagenarian June Squibb is in the driver’s seat in this hilarious and heartwarming action comedy. Can’t believe this is Squibb’s first leading role, but I’d love to see her do more!” – Ruth Maramis,

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