Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Dirty Grandpa (2016)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Dan Mazer
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Julianne Hough, Zoey Deutch, Dermot Mulroney


Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.


  • Hello all readers. I just saw Dirty Grandpa earlier today. Critics everywhere have been ripping it left and right. Now I can’t say that I want 102 minutes of my life back. I do however, feel remorse for humoring myself in bits and parts during “Grandpa”. I have one word to recount my disposition: Ugh!

    Anyway, actor Robert De Niro is rich, bored, probably needs a hobby, loves to act, and in the last fifteen years or so, seems to take on almost every script that comes his way. That’s kinda what I gathered from watching his 77th movie (my first review of the new year). Bobby’s integrity in time has steadily gone downhill but I doubt he gives a darn. I mean he’s Robert freaking De Niro, two-time Oscar winner. In truth, he does a complete 360-degree turn from his lovable, senior citizen role in The Intern (one of my favorite films from last year) to playing a horny, perverted oldtimer bent on sleeping with promiscuous, college girls. Dirty Grandpa featuring De Niro and Zac Efron (he plays Robert’s character’s grandson), is one of the sickest, foulest, nastiest, and most vile comedies ever to come down the pike. I couldn’t recommend it even if I had a gun to my head. Here’s the thing though: If you’re into crass, gross, and profanity-laden humor, it will sometimes make you laugh (out loud I might add). A 72 year-old man masturbating to porn, the same 72 year-old man singing Ice Cube (karaoke-style) while spouting off the n-word, a young, prominent attorney smoking crack and waking up half-naked on a beach (surrounded by beer bottles), and a female police officer putting a smartphone down her pants while taking a picture of her full vagina. God helps us. God help us all.

    Taking place in Daytona Beach, Florida (mingled with Atlanta, GA), featuring a hip soundtrack (songs by Nick Catchdubs, DJ Rebel, and R3hab), showcasing an ending that actually reminded me of The Graduate (I’m not kidding), and obsessing the audience with penises being drawn on people’s faces, Dirty Grandpa is directed with a skewed moral center by Dan Mazer (he did 2006’s Borat). There’s an unnecessary cameo involving famed actor Danny Glover (he plays an old army buddy of De Niro’s character), a bit of dialogue where Bob actually mentions defecating and Queen Latifah in the same sentence (gulp), and sexual innuendo literally up the wazoo. The story is as follows: Dick Kelly (De Niro) lives in the state of Georgia and just lost his wife of forty years to cancer. Every year during springtime, he went to Florida with said wife as sort of a prolonged tradition. Right after the funeral and to the dismay of his own son (David Kelly played by Dermot Mulroney), Dick vows to take his grandson (Jason played by Zac Efron) back to the sunshine state for golfing and eventual high jinks (a la Daytona Beach). Jason reluctantly goes even though he is soon to get married. He is forced to help gramps have sex with an easy vixen named Lenore (played by 31 year-old Audrey Plaza). Zoey Deutch (Shadia) plays Efron’s forgotten love interest and Jason Mantzoukas (from Neighbors) plays a whacked-out drug dealer who befriends them all.

    Now if you decide to take in a viewing of “Grandpa”, know what you’re getting into. Don’t go expecting a sensory, crime thriller in the shape of 2012’s Spring Breakers. Just think of this vehicle as a Spring Breakathon more along the lines of Very Bad Things (minus any real tension or anyone getting murdered). As for legend Robert De Niro, well he has almost too much fun playing Dick Kelly. It’s as if he thinks he’s expanding his acting repertoire by acting unprincipled in a ruckus comedy. Travis Bickle really just needs to check himself.

    In conclusion, Dirty Grandpa tries so hard for laughs that it either exhausts you, offends you, or just makes you feel like you need a shower (no pun intended). I liked the chemistry between De Niro and Efron in that they looked similar while seeming believable as grandfather and grandson. I don’t think they’ll dent their careers with “Grandpa” (Zac might unless Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising does well) but you gotta wonder why they would humiliate themselves for so much as a paycheck. Did De Niro actually read the script and think that it was okay to put his character’s penis in Efron’s character’s face (in one scene) or get a young twentysomething pregnant (in another scene)? And did De Niro actually agree to say a line involving wrestler Andre the Giant and the fingering of several stacked females (apparently so)? Oh and did Zac Efron really think it was okay to have a young, child actor grab something from his waist area on camera (it was masked by the filmmakers to look like molestation)? That remains to be seen. Yes I sort of laughed during this movie but these sequences were not part of that laughter (the Andre the Giant line, well it just felt out of place). I felt queasy and unsettled more than anything else. Here’s my rating: One star goes for Dirty Grandpa’s $6 matinee price plus lounge seating at the local multiplex. Another star goes to director Mazer for trying to give “Grandpa” a sentimental edge involving long lost love and a rekindling between father, son, and grandfather. Overall rating: 2 stars. Dirty Grandpa is justifiably “flowers in the dirt” (thank you Paul McCartney).

    Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

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  • 2014’s Neighbors caught me by surprise at how much I actually enjoyed it. We all know Seth Rogen could make us laugh but never would I think that the combination of Rogen and Zac Eron would create comic magic. The odd combination of Efron and Rogen will be coming back for a sequel which is set to hit theaters later this year. I assume Zac Efron decided one odd comic pairing isn’t enough and has decided to team up with Robert De Niro for Dirty Grandpa. Another pairing I believe no one saw coming and it ends up being a pairing that should of been left alone.

    Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert 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 bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.

    Whoever thought having legendary actor Robert De Niro play a foul-mouthed character would be comical clearly does not know what being comical means. When you think of De Niro’s Dick (that’s the name of the character), think of Johnny Knoxville’s character in Bad Grandpa. That kind of character you could find tons of within Knoxville’s resume but the same could not be said about De Niro. Am I against De Niro picking such a role late in his career? Not at all. I do blame him for not being able to pick a better film.

    Director Dan Mazer is the man behind many Sacha Baron Cohen led films and anyone who has seen Cohen in action knows how raunchy he is. If you don’t, I am pretty sure his picture is next to the word in the dictionary. At least with those films the jokes stick with a higher frequency of 10% which happens to be the case with Dirty Grandpa.

    There is a highlight though and that highlight goes by the name of Aubrey Plaza. Her raunchiness is come to be expected and it sticks. Well, it is the only reason why this movie is 60 minutes longer than it had to be.

  • You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of Robert De Niro’s cinematic life. It’s meaningless at this point to analyse how De Niro’s latter-day work dulls the sheen of his glory days. Whether motivated by money or by a compulsion to keep working, the actor is obviously long past caring what anyone thinks of his choices. One has to admire that quality even if one has to seriously question the state of De Niro’s mind when he decided to involve himself in the highly inane and frequently offensive Dirty Grandpa.

    The appropriately nicknamed Dick (De Niro) guilts his grandson Jason (Zac Efron) into driving him from Georgia to Boca Raton, an annual journey Dick made with his recently deceased wife. Jason reluctantly agrees despite the fact that he’s about to be married in a week’s time to the cheerfully controlling Meredith (Julianne Hough). He drives up to his grandfather’s house in Meredith’s Pepto Bismol pink car – alternately described by Dick as a “giant labia,” a “giant tampon,” and a “dildomobile” – only to discover the grieving widower wanking one out for the road. This is a sight too delicate for the corporate lawyer who once harboured ambitions to be a photographer and who has hidden away his well-muscled torso underneath polo shirts, khakis, and sweaters neatly swung over the shoulders. Dick seems to realise that his grandson is about to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a materialistic cuckold and is hellbent on ensuring that Jason let his freak flag fly.

    Thus does Jason spend most of the movie getting in and out of trouble, landing in and out of jail, and wondering if he will go through with his wedding to Meredith or fight his alleged attraction to former photography classmate and go-with-the-flow hippie chick Shadia (Zoey Deutch). The main objective for most of these shenanigans is to essentially have Efron as naked as much as possible, which might be reason enough for a good deal of the population to see this film. All of these scenes strain to be funny. Some may chuckle at the sight of Jason sporting a swastika made of penises as he’s Facetiming with Meredith, his parents, and a rabbi whilst warding off a little boy intent on petting the stuffed animal covering his genitals. Comedy is subjective, after all.

    A little bit amusing and a whole lot sad – that’s how it feels watching De Niro spout streams of verbal diarrhea, flex his pecs with Efron, and perform a karaoke version of Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.” On the other hand, it is admittedly fun to see him trade over-the-top sexual innuendos with Aubrey Plaza, who co-stars as the libidinous Lenore. Lenore wants to fulfill her goal of sleeping with a university student, alumni and professor and Dick convinces her that he’s the teacher she’s looking for to help her complete that trifecta. When the two finally get together, she encourages him to play up his age by complaining about how the neighbourhoods are getting worse, early bedtimes, and not being able to find his glasses as part of their foreplay. It’s weird, raunchy, subversive, and funny – everything 95% of Dirty Grandpa wishes it could be but never comes close to becoming.

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  • It’s not unlike De Niro, no matter how great of an actor he is, to be part of such movies. I recently saw “The Intern” in which he was amazing although a somewhat “soft” and “cheesy” movie. I actually enjoyed this a lot. On the other hand, doing movies like this one is really beneath him, from my point of view.

    The movie was dirty and really provocative for the most part. It was. And it’s OK sometimes. I am not the one to fluster with the jokes made in the movie or the lines heard. I actually liked many of them. But having said that, it seemed that the movie was tasteless at times, far from reality and just too sloppy.

    I mean, even if you accept that having such a grandpa is possible, there are so many things around that don’t fit, that it’s really annoying at times. I don’t want to spoil it for the rest, so I won’t go into any details on that.

    My feeling is that the concept and idea of the movie was really good, but the execution sucked. Having De Niro and getting him to act as he did, providing little if any depth to the role, is just stupid. Did not appreciate the ending as well, as it was too far fetched.

    A confused movie that will get some laughs out of you. It offers nothing more than the presence of De Niro and the chance to see Efron naked, or almost naked, which seems to be the only talent this guy has, after all. Waste of time.

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