Dirty Grandpa

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Dirty Grandpa

So it's come to this. The title says all you need to know about this embarrassing Robert De Niro comedy.

In his 72nd year, Robert De Niro is clearly relishing the fact that he’s got nothing left to prove. Why else put himself through shameless trash like this? He plays Dick, a just-widowed, super-horny pensioner with Special Forces training who embarks on an odd-couple Florida road trip with his uptight lawyer grandson Jason (Zac Efron). Jason just wants to drive the old boy safely to his holiday home, but grandpa is out to—and I’m quoting here—"Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck."

You know that subtlety is not on the film’s agenda when Dirty Grandpa opens with the sight of His Venerable Bobness spanking the monkey to a porno. However fully he goes hell for leather with the filthy dialogue, it’s hard not to feel that De Niro is (surely?) better than this. He’s game, though; so is Efron, whose romantic subplot is a snore. There are laughs, but they’re tinged with the sadness of watching a beloved elderly relative making a fool of himself.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday January 22 2016
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Dan Mazer
Screenwriter: John Phillips
Cast: Julianne Hough
Zac Efron
Robert De Niro
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