In this laboured and queasily tasteless comedy, a heavily made-up Johnny Knoxville plays Irving Zisman, a recently widowed octogenarian with a newly unleashed turbo libido. The plot, which sees Zisman tasked with transporting his young grandson cross-country to hand him over to his deadbeat father, is little more than an excuse to string together a series of one-note, sex-themed set pieces punctuated with the ‘Borat’-lite reactions of understandably bemused (and secretly filmed) bystanders.
The appeal of the ‘Jackass’ TV series – and its three spin-off films – was the narrative-free anarchy of grown men doing unspeakable things to themselves. In ‘Bad Grandpa’, there’s no shock value: the physical comedy is down to a minimum, replaced by a creaking humour almost as dated as Zisman himself. There are a couple of bawdy sight gags that hit the mark, although the outtakes in the end credits provide the film’s funniest moments. The cast and crew appear to have had a ball making it, at least.
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Excellent comedy, the best out-and-out comedy of the year. It`s at the very least a smile-a-minute and the time flies by. The young kid is superb.
It's not big, it's not clever but it is very, very funny. At a very well attended screening for a Sunday afternoon I wasn't alone in laughing out loud a number of times and squirming almost as many times. If you liked Jackass and Borat then you will love this. If you didn't then you will probably find it puerile and childish. Of course it is both these things and very funny. A good three star film.