Grand Torino

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Grand Torino starts off in church, where a funeral ceremony is underway for Dorothy Kowalski. Her husband, the surly Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) stands by her coffin, accepting condolences. Much to his displeasure, he notices his grandkids walk inside, not exactly dressed for a funeral and not all that respectful. His two sons, Mitch and Steve, whisper to each other about Walt, talking how they're hardly on speaking terms anymore. As Father Janovich (Christopher Carley) gives his eulogy, Walt looks around disapprovingly at his family. He snarls at Janovich's sermon.
At his house, in an immigrant-dominated neighborhood, people throng for the after-funeral lunch. Downstairs in the basement, Walt's grandkids look through an old army chest and see pictures of Walt during the Korean War and a medal. They quickly put them back and shut the chest as Walt passes through. Upstairs, he walks slowly and grumpily through the crowd and refuses help from his grand-daughter, Ashley (Dreama Walker). He goes outside with his dog, Daisy (probably the only creature he seems to like), and sees guests going into the house next door, which is inhabited by a Hmong family. He spits in disgust. He catches Ashley smoking in the garage next to his car. She asks him about it and he tells her it's a 1972 Gran Torino. Rather inappropriately, she asks about stuff she can have when he dies. He stalks off, wordlessly. A Hmong kid from next door, Thao Vang Lor (Bee Vang), comes over to ask for jumper cables, but Walt insults him and slams the door in his face. Father Janovich comes over to speak to Walt, but Walt demands he call him "Mr. Kowalski". Janovich tells him that Dorothy had asked him to look after Walt after she passed. Dorothy wanted Walt to go for Confession. Irritated, Walt confesses that he only went to church because of Dorothy and has no interest in attending Confession to…...

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