Dirty Grandpa

Dir: Dan Mazer, 2016


There’s been a lot of hate for this film, most of it unfair.

Recently widowed Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro), asks his grandson, Jason (Zac Efron) to drive him to Florida, as Dick and his late wife did every year.

Jason is due to be married in one week, to his controlling fiancee, Meredith (Julianne Hough).

Reluctantly, Jason agrees and is unaware that his granddad has other plans for the trip.

In the course of a week, Jason is subjected to humiliation, temptation and living a life.

Dirty Grandpa is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it will provide you with a few laughs if you let it.

There’s nothing original about the film but that doesn’t matter. Very few films are original, these days.

All that’s important is, as a comedy, whether it makes you laugh.

And it does. Many times over.

Some films are made purely to make you laugh and will employ anything they can think of to achieve that aim.

This film is not to everybody tastes. That’s fine. It’s coarse, crude, offensive and, unapologetically, vulgar. Not everyone likes that.

Unfortunately, the more vocal are the naysayers who have a stick up their arse about what it’s okay to laugh at and whether something is refined enough.

Comedy snobs tend to use platitudes like “the lowest common denominator” and then proceed to donate an essay on The finer points of the Coen brothers and Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life.

But, it’s all irrelevant.

Films such as this, are not meant to be dissected and analysed. They’re popcorn fodder.

Dirty Grandpa has, but, one aim and that is to give your mind a rest.

I laughed incredibly hard at the shock value at this. Seeing an old age pensioner, masturbating furiously while watching a porno, had me creasing.

De Niro plays comedy rather well. His delivery of the put down’s, twinned with the surprise factor of what he’s saying, work brilliantly.

Everybody else is totally overshadowed by De Niro, and can’t handle the humour very well.

Efron does okay, but he’s nothing special and is more irritating that funny.

However, a special mention does have to go to Aubrey Plaza as Lenore.

Plaza has got a real knack for comedy, and isn’t in the least bit scared of the material.

As the slutty character, desperate to have sex with Dick (yeah, I know how that sounds), Plaza has some screamingly funny lines, all obscene and downright pornographic.

Whilst being scorchingly hot, and oozing sex, she has this dry way of delivering her lines that make it all the more funny.

The inappropriateness of the situations and gags, will leave you grasping for air.

Wrong and offensive on every level, if you like your humour bawdy, then I urge you to check it out.

An hysterical movie that just doesn’t give a shit, and that’s the way it should be.


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