Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa


What did you learn from your grandparents?

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are grandpa and grandson in this raunchy road-trip comedy that starts at a funeral and ends up at Spring Break. Co-stars Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) and Aubrey Plaza (The To Do List).... More

Jason Kelly (Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at his law firm. But when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and brings Jason along for the ride...Hide

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It looked like just another crappy comedy. Robert De Niro has been in some of the greatest films of all time, but his modern comedies are mostly rubbish and include abominations like Little Fockers. As for wee Zac Efron, he's laughable when he's trying to be serious and the unfunny guy that comedians use to be funny in comedies. On its surface, Dirty Grandpa looked to be that tired set-up of simply an old person acting like they're not supposed to, being crass and therefore that's funny. The first reviews seemed to confirm this (for example, Deadline’s The Worst Film Of Robert De Niro’s Career (Or Maybe Anybody’s)). Yet somehow, Dirty Grandpa is not just another crappy comedy. It's kind of a great comedy.... More

The storyline is indeed weak and includes that cringe-worthy third act turn for the dramatic where the whole thing morphs into being about being true to yourself or some horseshit. But the majority of the gags hit their marks and hit them hard. I laughed more in this than I have in any Hollywood comedy for quite some time, mostly thanks to Dan Mazer's wickedly filthy script.

In addition to the jokes, there's a lot to enjoy in Dirty Grandpa. There's a solid cameo by Danny Glover, kicked off with an awesome introduction involving TV show Alf. Then there's a Terminator reference, a Starship Troopers quote and an outstanding Andre the Giant anecdote.

There's casual racism and homophobia played for laughs, but it's later rectified in a bizarre way, climaxing with De Niro saying the N-word(!). For all the time the film takes to smooth over that stuff, however, it is unapologetically sexist throughout. It's relentlessly low-brow, juvenile schoolboy humour and I feel somewhat guilty for enjoying it as much as I did. But it does what it does bloody well, De Niro and Aubrey Plaza in particular are great and I laughed my ass off.Hide

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Give it a miss. Especially if you like De Niro

BY JuliaLee lister

The reviews weren't great ... so we weren't expecting too much, but my friend and I were surprised at how much we enjoyed this. Just the ticket for a Friday night, unwind from a busy week with a few laughs. Yes a bit dirty and a little rough in places but as long as you ain't all Mother Theresa about it, you will be fine. We didn't take it too seriously and were able to appreciate what it did have to offer!

BY KimLewis lister

Gross and unfunny - of similar humour to the Ted movies but somehow even worse.

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6% of critics recommend.
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  • Like watching a friend's mediocre improv troupe do an extended spring-break sketch. And your friend just happens to be Robert De Niro. Full Review

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