Dirty Grandpa Reviews
Jason is uptight and conservative, and on the verge of a getting married to a bitchy wife. Dick wants him to loosen up and forget her, and they do everything between drinking, partying drugs and getting arrested. Within the first 20 minutes the film writes itself and is quite predictable. Clearly the idea is to have Jason leave the bitch, give up being a lawyer and be with this new chick pursue his true passion of being a photographer. Dick is clearly supposed to connect more with his family of which he has been quite distant with over the years.
Dirty Grandpa is a pretty bad comedy that aims for shock comedy and value. The real only highlight of the film was Aubrey Plaza (April from Parks and Rec). Sadly, too much of the film relies on the antics of Jason Mantzoukas carelessly trying to sell drugs of eager spring breakers. Efron continues to play these roles, and De Niro continues to choose questionable films. There aren't too many unexpected or good laughs in this film to warrant this watching. Hot girls in bikinis and Zoey Deutch, and for girls a constantly nude Efron will be the only appeal. Dirty Grandpa did not have a high ceiling or potential to begin with, but the film is even more juvenile and less funny that I hoped.
From the promos this looked pretty juvenile. It is, sort of, but works. The main reason that it does so is Robert De Niro as Dick. He gets the best lines, particularly some great put-downs and banter, and delivers them perfectly.
What's more, the humour isn't all of the puerile variety and there are some clever punch-lines and scenes along the way. Quite subversive at times too.
Plot is pretty basic and predictable but it's not bad.
Overall, well worth watching, unless you're someone who is easily offended and/or has no sense of humour.