MOVING ON – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Moving On: “ I don’t hate anybody, it’s too exhausting.”

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are obviously NOT Moving On. They’re back on the big screen again, in a little over a month, co-starring with a smarmy Malcolm McDowell and a suave Richard Roundtree in a rated R for revenge comedy that’s more Grace and Frankie than 80 for Brady.

Moving On tells the story of long time friends, Claire and Evelyn, who reunite at the funeral of their college bestie, Joyce. Claire (Fonda) is there for retribution. To right a wrong. To go Dirty Harriet on Joyce’s grieving husband played by McDowell. Evelyn (Tomlin) returns to reveal a long kept secret and act as Claire’s sidekick. Tomlin is Ethel to Fonda’s Lucy, but she ends up with all the laughs.

No matter what they show up for, Fonda and Tomlin know how to entertain us while still making a statement about the older generation. Moving On is more sarcastic than slapstick. It’s a What Happened instead of a Who Done It. It’s an octogenarian Big Chill whose dark comedy will leave you snickering.

The best part of Moving On is that it moves a pace. The unfinished business gets finished in a tidy hour and 25 minutes. You can catch the matinee and be out in time to take advantage of the senior citizen special at the neighborhood Chinese buffet. You’ll have room for it, because Moving On isn’t too filling, it’s just right even though it got a bit too repetitive for my husband, Ricky. He gives Moving On one and a half 👁’s open. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.