Dirty Grandpa – You will love or you will hate…
War of the Movies: 4.0/10
Directed by Dan Mazer
Released on January 22, 2016
Running Time: 102 minutes
Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch
After the passing of his grandmother, a young lawyer agrees to take his grandfather to Florida during the spring break just a week before his wedding after this one told him he wanted to pursue the tradition he had with his late wife. The problem? Grampa is not at all what he seems, in the end he just wants to have sex with someone because he didn’t receive some for 15 years and he can’t take it anymore.
While I don’t mind some vile humor in a film, there comes a time that too much is like not enough. The movie turns so much around drugs and sex that past a certain point, instead of making me laugh it just got on my nerves. You get tired easily of the same kind of jokes and wait for new gags that just never come. Yes, in all honesty I laughed during some scenes, the problem is that the humor took a bad turn more than once. For example, the drug dealer drives an ice cream truck, which he describes as the best way to attract children to incite them to take drugs. Come on, really? That must be one of the most inappropriate and poorest kind of joke I ever heard. At the end of the movie, what surprises us the most, in a bad way, is that Robert De Niro actually accepted to play in this film. He still gets offers for movies, I don’t understand why he choose to do this one and we can only hope he will pick better movies for the reminding of his career.
However, nobody can deny the fact that even if we don’t easily imagine De Niro in this kind of movie, we can’t help but agree that he is great, like always! This actor could play in any films, and even in the most awful ones, at the end of the day he would still be able to call himself a great actor! Zac Efron was okay in his role, credible enough. The biggest problem doesn’t come from the acting, but from the screenplay and film content in general, and that is enough to turn what could possibly have been a fun comedy into a pointless one, like it is the case here.
When I see a film like this I often think that many producers and screenwriters tried to achieve the same kind of crude but great comedy that was American Pie. However, most of them fail and Dirty Grandpa isn’t an exception. Actually, we are far off the same result! Still, this film will please a certain kind of audience, and that is fine, to each their own, but for me seeing the same gags with sometimes new ones that were taking it a step to far just didn’t cut it. The title says it all, Dirty Grandpa couldn’t be dirtier!
If you don’t mind a comedy that only has dirty crude jokes during 102 minutes, then yes Dirty Grandpa will make you laugh. Otherwise, if you prefer the kind of comedy that will have various kind of jokes, skip it all together.