With one of the greatest women she has ever known passing, Ivy tries to figure out how to honor her grandmother’s legacy.
|Director(s)||Roxy Sophie Sorkin|
|Screenplay By||Roxy Sophie Sorkin|
|Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival)||6/15/2022|
|Genre(s)||Comedy, Drama, Young Adult, Family|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
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Ruth was a force. Even in her golden years, she cussed, made a statement verbally and in looks, and was everything Ivy wanted to be when she grew up. But with her gone and a rather dry shiva to honor her, Ivy and her friend try to process how Ruth would want to be remembered and how.
Things To Note
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Cursing (Yup), Miscellaneous (Drinking and Smoking)
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- What was the relationship between Ivy’s mom and Ruth like?
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
Allegedly she did molly with Cher. Also, she was at the March on Washington, where MLK spoke. But to Ivy, Ruth was the outspoken idol who drank, smoked, beat everyone at Monopoly, and was her go-to person when she needed a pep talk.
In many ways, Ruth is walking in her grandmother’s footsteps. But with her being young, she hasn’t found a way to not think of herself as too much but others as unappreciative of what she’s serving.
Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)
Ruth Doesn’t Just Come With The House
It’s always beautiful to see those in their golden years being vivacious and a vital part of any story, rather than be furniture. “Vodka” is the perfect example of this as Ruth is an undeniable presence. Whether it is her colorful hair, how attentive Ivy is, hanging off her every word, or you, like Ivy, wanting to walk in Ruth’s footsteps, you want to know more.
In fact, it makes you wonder why we don’t see more Ruth types out there who are more than someone’s grandmother but an entire experience. One that exists outside of helping raise kids, cook, or just nodding when acknowledged? This isn’t to disregard films like “Queen Bees” coming out last year or the work Helen Mirren, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and more put out fairly consistently. However, you notice the pattern there, right? Hopefully, in terms of diverse stories, we can see more Ruth’s out there, in productions with a budget behind them, marketing especially, come to fruition soon.
On The Radar
- Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
- Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
- Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
- Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.
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