The kids in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie are, in actuality, grown adults, but they still act like children. Here are times fans love or hate them.
The kids in Grace and Frankie are, in actuality, grown adults–but it’s easy to forget this seeing as the protagonists of the show lend a view which causes the audience to think of their children much like the characters themselves tend to. It’s a playful, youthful show in the first place, charged through with the attitude that one’s liveliness need not be defined by their number of years on this earth.
In comparison to Grace and Frankie, then, their children often end up feeling like, well, children. This manifests not in the way that Brianna, Mallory, Bud, and Coyote are necessarily more vibrant than their elders, but rather that they still possess a certain youthful ignorance that at times makes them either more loveable or tiresome.
Love Them: They Are Like One Family
The two sisters and two brothers come from separate families, but even from the start of the show, it felt as though they were all a part of one single family.
This feeling only increases and becomes more explicit as the show goes on, building on the loose threads that tied them together to start and making them into a real, acknowledged bond.
Can’t Stand Them: Brianna And Her Dog
Brianna is a lonely single person for much of the early seasons and she eventually remedies this by adopting a dog.
The two are a loveable pair, but when Brianna gets a boyfriend her bond with her dog becomes obviously extreme and brings out a very unsavory side of Brianna where her personality quirks are no longer cute, but purely unlikeable, brining her controlling nature to a whole new level.
Love Them: Mallory And Brianna Comfort Grace
It’s always amusing to see how Brianna and Mallory will handle Grace when she’s in a difficult situation. The three are not close, at least not to begin with, and even when they work on their relationship and become more involved they stand on pretty distant ground.
Yet Brianna and Mallory clearly know their mother well, and even while keeping a safe distance they care for her with a loving hand.
Can’t Stand Them: Coyote Gives In To Frankie
Can’t Stand Them: Coyote Gives In ToCoyote is clearly under Frankie’s thumb, made extremely evident in the episode where Bud is trying to have a romantic evening with his girlfriend but Frankie bursts in expecting to have her sons pay full attention to her personal issues.
Bud finds this obviously invasive, but Coyote can’t see why Bud doesn’t drop everything to tend to their mother.Frankie
Love Them: They Take Grace And Frankie’s Side
When Grace and Frankie are left by Robert and Sol the children don’t respond with very much empathy for their fathers’ situation–and one can see why.
Sol and Robert stick to the narrative that they shouldn’t have to apologize for being gay, but in the children’s eyes, the two are still the fathers who lied to their mothers for twenty years, and while they still treat them with kindness, they don’t hold back in pointing this out.
Can’t Stand Them: Bud’s Baby Shower
Bud’s baby shower is one of the most ridiculous occurrences in the show, and that’s saying something.
Luckily, every other character acknowledges the asinine nature of the party–which involves the adults taking part in a terribly planned scavenger hunt–but even if one is meant to laugh with the characters, the scene still bodes badly for Bud’s character.
Love Them: Brianna’s Relationship With Frankie
There’s a closeness to Brianna and Frankie’s relationship that has always existed in the show and seems like something that is simply taken for granted as having always been there. Frankie and Brianna are very different people, but at the same time, there’s a misfit quality to each of their characters which draws them together.
Brianna serves as a friend and sort of extended-daughter to Frankie, and there’s a certain comfort in this alliance.
Can’t Stand Them: Brianna’s Sarcasm
Brianna is meant to be coy in a way that’s humorous, and she is–but a lot of the time her humor is laid on so heavily that it becomes a bit suffocating, especially as the seasons go on and people change, and her attitude stays the same.
The occasional snarky comment and bit of sarcasm has its moment in a scene, but unfortunately, Brianna can end up feeling like an immature teenager.
Love Them: Coyote’s Tiny House
Coyote has his ups and downs as a character. At times he can come off as helpless and needy, to a point where it’s difficult to empathize with someone who doesn’t seem to have any inclination of how to take care of themselves.
Other times, however, Coyote reveals his charm and his genuine need to work out his life in his own way–such as when he ends up living in a tiny house, something that seems ridiculous at first but eventually suits him perfectly.
Can’t Stand Them: They Disempower Grace And Frankie
The kids always mean well, but in the process, they often miss the fact they their efforts are made in their own interests rather than that of Grace and Frankie.
This draws attention to a common occurrence amongst aging parents and adult children, wherein the children make assumptions about how to treat their parents and the parents end up feeling cast aside, their age a burden on their children, and a dehumanizing experience for themselves.
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