Flo Hen­der­son de­served bet­ter

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Michael Recht­shaf­fen

It’s al­ways nice to see ac­tors of a cer­tain age get an op­por­tu­nity to strut their stuff — es­pe­cially when those pen­sion­ers in­clude the late Florence Hen­der­son (in her fi­nal role) and Pam Grier.

Un­for­tu­nately, the oc­ca­sion hap­pens to be Srikant Chel­lappa’s “Bad Grand­mas,” an ex­cru­ci­at­ingly flat and forced South­ern-fried farce about a bunch of old friends who have ac­ci­den­tally killed a man and must find a way to dis­pose of his body.

Hen­der­son, who died last Novem­ber at age 82 (the film was shot the pre­vi­ous year), plays the take-charge, potsmok­ing Mimi, who can of­ten be heard cussing up a storm when not opt­ing for some­thing a bit more quaint like, “This just dills my pickle!”

But when her friend Bobbi (Susie Wall) is about to be turfed out of her home by her heart­less ex-son-in­law (David Was­si­lak), Mimi pays him an ill-fated visit, end­ing up with a corpse on her hands and a nosy de­tec­tive (Ran­dall Batinkoff ) and a Way­lon Jen­nings-ob­sessed con man (Judge Rein­hold) on her tail.

While Mrs. Brady gets to cut loose, the weakly writ­ten sup­port­ing char­ac­ters aren’t as lucky, given pre­cious lit­tle to say and even less to do other than at­tempt to hold their own in the face of pac­ing that’s slower’n mo­lasses.

Sub­ject­ing them to such painfully un­funny re­sults would have to be con­sid­ered a par­tic­u­larly cruel form of el­der abuse. “Bad Grand­mas.” Not rated. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 32 min­utes. Play­ing: Laemmle Mu­sic Hall, Bev­erly Hills.

Pa­rade Deck Films

THE LATE Florence Hen­der­son as Mimi, right, and Sally Ea­ton as Vir­ginia in the com­edy.

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