Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Robert De Niro may be an award-winning actor who has starred in over 90 movies, but his newest feature, “Dirty Grandpa,” could be the worst of them all.
The film, also starring Zac Efron and Aubrey Plaza, follows a retired special operations soldier (De Niro) and his no-nonsense lawyer grandson (Efron) as they party in Florida on spring break.
The 70-year-old De Niro tries desperately to hook up with coeds after the death of his wife and forces his engaged grandson to tag along for the ride.
The first 30 or so minutes of this film are about as lowbrow as it gets, and one character really stands out above all the rest. Nick, played by Adam Pally, is in the movie for the sheer purpose of saying things that will shock the audience.
This ranged from anything from talking about performing sexual acts on dogs to getting high at his grandmother’s wake and blowing smoke on her photograph in front of the entire family.
Thankfully, this character disappears early on in the film and does not come back until the finale.
Unfortunately, those aren’t the most ridiculous statements or actions in this flick. Most of them belong to the legendary De Niro.
Early on in the film, Efron arrives at his grandfather’s home and walks in on him masturbating.
The two-time academy award winner finishes the act with his grandson watching and nonchalantly tells his grandson that he walked in on him “going number three.”
Then, just to add to the absurdity of the film, the two stars take off in Efron’s fiancé’s pink Volkswagen, which De Niro lovingly calls, amongst other things, a “giant labia” and the “dildo mobile.”
Soon after this, De Niro’s character decides to try to offend as many people as possible. While attempting to hook up with two attractive female golfers, he decides to tell a story about Efron’s character being a “retard” who isn’t allowed out by himself anymore because “the raping got too bad” when Efron called him grandpa.
Then, when he meets a character that is a horrible caricature of a gay black man, he repeatedly makes racist and homophobic remarks, which are all just magically forgotten later on in the feature, after De Niro stands up for him in a bar fight.
Not everything about this movie is completely horrible.
There were a few actors who were able to break through and do the best they could with what was given to them.
Jason Mantzoukas, aka: Rafi from FXX’s “The League,” plays a drug dealer named Pamela who hilariously talks his way out of jail repeatedly and attempts to sell drugs to children out of an ice cream truck.
Julianne Hough plays Meredith Goldstein—the rich, snobby, materialistic fiancé of Zac Efron’s character.
Hough plays this character to near perfection, making the viewer hate her character almost as much as they hate that Robert De Niro took a part in this movie.
The finale of the film is where she was really able to shine by showing off her magnificent voice and rarely seen comedy chops.
Overall, “Dirty Grandpa” is a poor excuse for a film. With a horrible script that relies on shock humor and a plot that isn’t able to resonate with the audience, this movie wastes a cast with plenty of comedic potential.
It continuously pushes the more talented comedic actors like Aubrey Plaza to the background to make room for ridiculous scenes featuring the disappointing Robert De Niro and rarely funny Zac Efron.
It is just not watchable. This was evident by the fact that I was one of only three people in the theater and the only one to make it all the way through without walking out.
Save your money for Valentine’s Day.
For anyone who may still be interested in seeing the atrocity that is “Dirty Grandpa,” it is currently playing at Cinemark Theatres in Conway and is rated R for crude sexual behavior throughout, graphic nudity, language and drug use.
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