Lightning Review: Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa movie posterSynopsis
After his wife’s passing, Richard “Dick” Kelly (Robert De Niro), convinces his grandson, Jason (Zac Effron), to travel with him to Daytona Beach to get laid.

I want to state that Dirty Grandpa has a very juvenile sense of humor. What else would you expect from a film about an old man going to Daytona Beach to have sex? Now for me, I have the mind of a thirteen-year-old so the humor is right up my alley. I laughed and that’s what I like out of a comedy. However, the humor in this film is shallow and relies on the absurdity and immaturity of its jokes to get the laugh. This can be a big turn off to most viewers (mainly those who are more mature than I am). If you understand that, then you know what kind of movie you are in for. As for the rest of the movie, it is very predicable and cliched. By the end of the first act, it is easy to call where Zac Efron’s character arc is heading. It’s a shame because the potential for a good story about a grandpa wanting to reconnect with his grandson was there, especially with Robert De Niro. It could have even been a raunchy comedy like they were aiming for. Instead they went for the easy sex jokes, which completely ruined any chance of a genuine movie.

I thought Dirty Granpda was OK :-|. The humor is not for everyone (read most people). I laughed but I’m not the best measuring stick for mature comedy. De Niro and Efron made for a good pair but the story and script wasn’t there to back them up.


Cast & Crew
Dan Mazer – Director
John Philips – Screenplay
Michael Andrews – Composer

Robert De Niro – Dick Kelly
Zac Efron – Jason Kelly
Zoey Deutch – Shadia
Aubrey Plaza – Lenore
Jason Mantzoukas – Tan Pam
Dermot Mulroney – David Kelly
Julianne Hough – Meredith
Adam Pally – Cousin Nick
Mo Collins – Officer Finch
Henry Zebrowski – Officer Reiter

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