Review by Adam Winn, Staff writer
Theater goers that are looking to watch a movie filled with depth and meaning are going to be very disappointed while watching “Dirty Grandpa.” However, audiences who are looking to watch a movie filled with non-stop raunchy moments and a straight-forward plot are sure to have a good time viewing this film. The film may be about a guy taking a road trip with his grandfather, but this is definitely NOT a film that the viewer would want to watch with their own grandparents.
The movie starts off with Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) attending his late grandmother’s funeral. After the funeral, his grandfather, Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) asks Jason to drive him down to Florida so he can supposedly relax and unwind at his beach house. Reluctant because his wedding is the following week, Jason eventually agrees to escort his grandfather, much to his fiancée’s (Julianne Hough) dislike.
When Jason meets his grandfather the next day, after much manipulation and trickery, Dick convinces Jason to go to Daytona Beach with the hopes of doing lots of drugs and getting laid.
Along the way, they run into a group of people, including a girl named Lenore (Aubrey Plaza) who is attracted to older men, and Shadia (Zoey Deutch) whom Jason recognizes from one of his freshman college classes. What follows next is a weekend that’s so wild and full of alcohol, drugs and sex that not even the audience could see it coming.
This film, at its core, is nothing more than a sex comedy and is so raunchy that it makes “The Hangover” look like “Sesame Street” by comparison. The storyline is very predictable and doesn’t have any real purpose behind it. The script is mainly comprised of offensive humor and fart jokes.
Once the viewer doesn’t set his/her expectations too high and accepts that this film was made for nothing more than to gain laughs, he or she is likely to have a good time watching.
De Niro is arguably one of the greatest actors of all time, but he’s never played a character this vulgar before, and, like all of his other roles, he does a fantastic job at it. His acting is definitely one of the best parts about this film.
Efron does a decent job playing the role of an uptight lawyer that seems to have his whole life planned out for him already. Other than that, he doesn’t really bring much to the film, except spending a good portion of his role doing drugs and getting naked.
The film also has a good supporting cast, featuring comedic roles from Aubrey Plaza of the television show “Parks and Recreation,” Julianne Hough from the “Foot Loose” remake, and Danny Glover from the “Lethal Weapons” movies.
Is “Dirty Grandpa” one of the greatest comedies of all-time? No, but if the viewer is looking to watch an amusing film filled with continuous crude moments and also watch actors like De Niro and Efron play characters outside of their normal comfort zones, then he or she is likely to have a decent time watching the movie and not feel cheated out of their money.