Dirty Grandpa

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Like a Werther's Original dropped down a sewer drain, Dirty Grandpa represents the careless fumbling of a classic talent that once brought pleasure to millions.



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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.

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Robert De Niro
as Dick Kelly
Zac Efron
as Jason Kelly
Julianne Hough
as Meredith Goldstein
Dermot Mulroney
as David Kelly
Jason Mantzoukas
as Spring Break Wally
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
as Chapman-Bradley
Mo Collins
as Officer Finch
Henry Zebrowski
as Officer Reiter
Catherine Dyer
as Brooke Kelly
Deena Dill
as Cougar #1
Lane Carlock
as Cougar #2
Chris Setticase
as College Kid
Eric Goins
as Father at the Beach
Gavin Munn
as Boy at Beach
DeRon Horton
as Georgia Student #1
Michael H. Cole
as Catholic Priest
Salley Hooks
as Female Hippie Chick
Amy Parrish
as Wedding Planner
Eugenia Kuzmina
as Hippie Cathy
Joshua Mikel
as Hippie Griz
Warren Steele
as Hippie Bart
Stephanie Astalos-Jones
as Jones-Rest Stop Waitress
Matthew Cornwell
as Father at Wake
Shawn Shepard
as Karaoke MC
Michaele Chappell
as Jamaican Nurse
Nelson Bonilla
as Random Cop
Amelia Brain
as Party Girl
Wiley Rinaldi
as Uncle Rubin
Paul Manzella
as ASL Singer at Wedding
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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (118)

  • Incompetence combined with the occasional burst of disreputable laughter makes Dirty Grandpa oddly lively for a movie that's largely terrible.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that desperately wants to be a raunchy, politically incorrect, gross-out comedy. It gets as far as desperate.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic
  • Its horrible message: the old are only interesting when they're capable of aping the young.

    Jan 31, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Nothing is rendered in a particularly funny or novel way - it's just crude, shocking statements. Therefore, the film isn't actually offensive because it's trying so hard to be and failing miserably.

    Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Be ashamed, Robert De Niro, be deeply ashamed of every scene of Dirty Grandpa, a sleazy comedy spurting unfunny jokes from a lost time.

    Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This grossout comedy takes De Niro fans into a new emotional phase that I can only call "post-despair". We are past being astonished and horrified.

    Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dirty Grandpa

  • Dec 05, 2016
    I am almost ashamed to put this on my list. Not for my list, but for the actors involved in making the movie. Dan Mazer was involved in most of Sacha Baron Cohen's stuff nearly a decade ago when it was brought to film, and where that niche of comedy worked for people interested in that silly humor, none of it has translated to Dirty Grandpa. I'm not sure if this was just an excuse for some of these actors to be on screen with Robert de Niro, but then you'd have to ask yourself why he even did this film in the first place. Other than a quick pay check, there seems to be zero benefit to being involved. Instead of being a tailored, goofball romp through Spring Break or wherever they end up, it turns into a desperate, forced adventure contrived out of the worst ideas. De Niro sells a few lines and makes you yearn for his performance in Meet the Parents. Zac Efron puts on his dumbest face yet. Of course he takes his shirt off in what is now a standard in movies he signs on for. Aubrey Plaza seems to be having the most fun and is probably the only bright spot in an otherwise dour film. 2016 wasn't a good year for Efron. De Niro is just screwing around. This movie exists solely because it felt like none of these actors had much on their plate throughout the year.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2016
    The worst film I have seen in 2016 and proof even Robert De Niro can be bought at the right salary because this is the worst performance he has ever given and Zac Efron will need a miracle to save his career. I like raunchy comedies when done right but ones that condone rape and drug use. The script and the director belong in purgatory and must miss! 06-05-2016
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    'I haven't had sex in 15 years and I wanna fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck!' 'Oh, so that's what this is all about??' Yes this is what this movie is all about, Robert De Niro's dirty grandpa character who has just lost his wife of 40 years, is now revealed to be a foul mouthed, booze obsessed pervert who wants to fuck young girls. Its up to the young, clean cut and unaware Jason (Efron) to escort him from Georgia to his Florida retirement home. Aaand that's your movie in a nutshell people, sound familiar? Well that's probably because its been done a shitzillion times before. I mean honesty, who thought of this? who greenlit it? The entire concept is so cliche and dated, an old grandfather figure that turns out to be a dirty, loud mouthed, profanity spewing perv who also just happens to be an ex-special forces type so he can also kick ass if needs be. This of course means you're gonna get a sequence where he does indeed kick someone's ass much to the surprise of Jason his grandson. Naturally of course, the fact that grandpa is an ass-kicking, alcohole machine, means that the grandson character must be a total goodie goodie, a real preppy nerd type because its the perfect equal polar opposite matchup. Completely and utterly predictable, cliched, corny and unoriginal, the characters literally lay out the ground plan for the plot without even having to write a single word of dialog for them. And yes you've guessed it, that plot simply revolves around lots and lots and lots of binge drinking at parties, girls in skimpy bikinis, pool parties, beach parties, drinking, drugs, lame pranks, drinking, sex, nudity, drinking, jail time, muscle flexing and plenty of drinking. This is basically the modern frat boy flick minus any originality because frat boy flicks were a staple diet back in the 80's. So this odd pairing drive off on this road trip of sorts in an attempt to reach Florida. God knows how far they actually get because the entire flick is taken up with the duo getting into various parties so grandpa can try and get laid. This is against the wishes of a shocked Jason of course but he usually ends up getting tricked or drugged into it, then winds up enjoying it, then winds up waking up somewhere hungover and naked...or in jail, take your pick. The whole time Jason is also trying to hide all this outrageous behaviour from his very sexy, yet very prudish fiancee and his conservative parents. Anyway all I know is at one point they get to Daytona beach in Florida, no clue how they got there or how far they still had to go, but who cares. Now in all honesty the casting for grandpa Dick with De Niro is pretty good. De Niro is the obviously the perfect age and he has that perfect persona where you're not really sure what he's actually like, he could easily be a dark horse. To that extent De Niro does the job well, as we know he's great at swearing and being tough, he still looks pretty tough, and he fits the rough ex-services persona well also. For all intense and purposes he could easily be playing yet another mobster type in a comedy, he never really swings too far from that schtick. As for Jason played by Efron, well to be honest the guy is too good looking and too muscular for this part. He isn't too bad with his comic timing and everything (surprisingly!), but when it came to sequences like the 'flex-off' on the beach and when he's generally topless, he's way too ripped! That's not a bad thing but I really think to get the right comedic affect they should of cast someone without a good physique, with bad hair, someone who's a bit geeky looking. That would at least be a good opposite to the rest of beach/party going extras who are generally all sexy boys and girls. The fact that Efron is way hotter than all of them kinda makes most of the sexual innuendo gags fall flat. I must point out one character played by some bloke called Jason Mantzoukas. Oh my fucking God this guy was so fucking annoying I could of killed him, literally killed him. Who is this guy? Where did he come from? Why is he being cast in movies? Is he supposed to be a funny guy? Holy shitstains this guy was dreadful, completely unfunny, everything just fell flat or totally missed the target by miles. His whole drug obsession spiel was just so fucking cliched, so old, so not funny! Yeah its so cool and amusing to do drugs or pretend to do drugs ha-ha-ha! Jesus Christ I was giggling at shit like this when I was a kid back in the mid 80's. Then you have the two corrupt cops, one male and one female, played by whoever, I don't care. Once again, completely not funny, not even close, just cringeworthy on every level, literally amateurish. Yeah so bottom line, this is a piece of shit, an unfunny piece of modern day movie garbage. Not even De Niro or Efron's perfectly tanned torso can save this, its dribble of epic proportions with not a laugh in sight. That is of course...the thought of seeing De Niro's cock in Efron's face sounds good to you? Or 72 year old De Niro's character having sex with a supposed 20 something college student (Lenore) and then having a kid together (making Efron's character the uncle to his grandfathers newborn son and a college slut his new grandmother). Oh and then there's the real classy dialog between grandpa Dick and Lenore...[i]'You're gonna tsunami on my face'[/i], [i]'You're gonna flood like the Nile'[/i], Nice.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    This movie is not the monumental disaster that the average critical consensus is making out to look like. It does have a few laughs here and there, as unoriginal and refined as they may be. Having said all that, it's still not a movie I'd recommend. To put it in simpler terms: it's not a good sign when every actor in the movie, and I literally mean every actor, has been in at least one other, better movie. Bright side, Zac Efron got to work with Deniro, so at least someone got his time's worth. Like they say, "One for the fans, one for you".
    Ace T Super Reviewer

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