Debrief Daily is making its first community service announcement. This is not an emergency. But it is urgent.
Gather wine and chocolate. Walk calmly towards your television. Now sit and join Netflix.
And watch Grace and Frankie.
Starring Jane Fonda (Grace) and LiIy Tomlin (Frankie) this is witty, watchable television that portrays a stage of life we rarely see on the screen. It’s a noughties Golden Girls on steroids, it’s Friends all grown up and it’s going to rock your world.
Or at least jiggle your rolls.
Grace and Frankie are two women who don't have much in common except that their husbands are partners in a law practice. They are dumped over dinner when their blokes declare they are not only gay but in love with each other. A shocked Grace says to her husband: "It would have been easier if you died".
So Grace and Frankie retreat to a beach house together in San Diego to process the betrayal, the creeping realisation their marriages have been a fraud and their need to rebuild their lives. They enjoy a peyote trip on the sand. As you do.
Here's what you will love. I guarantee it.
This show is funny. Grace (Fonda) revels in sitting on Ryan Gosling's face (it's a chair with his portrait). There are cracks about sand in cracks and about weeing when you laugh too much (and this does actually lead to a little pee on Ryan's face). But the show is also choc filled with jokes about life over the age of 50. There are those giggles-of-recognition gags about needing large text on your iPhone, mishearing conversations due to partial deafness, mixing Valium and Ben and Jerry's ice-cream, having sore feet and being forgetful. And there is a golden moment where Frankie talks out loud to herself in a vague stream of consciousness ramble that made me almost pee on my own couch.
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Grace and Frankie take drugs. Frankie makes lube from yams. They dance on bars. They do stupid things. Their characters veer towards stereotypes - the Type A personality versus the Boomer hippy, but their brilliant acting keeps them real.
The primal scream at an age and society obsessed with youth and beauty
Grace and Frankie feel desperately sad and go to buy cigarettes. They stand at the cash register. And wait. And wait. They are studiously ignored by the staff, so invisible that a man actually turns his back on them to assist a young blonde woman. Grace completely loses it. Fonda acts out for all women who have been ignored, and her fury and frustration is simultaneously awful and fabulous - you will put a cushion up to your face and then put it down to fist pump When Lily Tomlin's character applies for a job at a retirement home and shown around as a future tenant her anger is frightening, familiar and beautiful.