Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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Di­rec­tor: Dan Mazer ( I Give it a Year) Star­ring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Ja­son Mant­zoukas Ver­dict: The case for sex­ual dis­crim­i­na­tion against greys

THE one thing Dirty Grandpa gets 100 per cent right is how the ti­tle is such a bulls­eye de­scrip­tion of its re­fined tar­get au­di­ence.

This is in­deed the movie skeezy grand­fa­thers have been wait­ing since re­tire­ment for… a ran­cid filth- fest about a rot­ten old wid­ower des­per­ate to knock boots with will­ing women aged about five decades younger ASAP.

In a new ca­reer low plung­ing depths mea­sur­able only by sonar, Robert De Niro stars as Dick, a pervy pen­sioner whose wife has just carked it.

As soon as the fu­neral is over, Dick can’t wait to get home so he can dis­robe and view his favourite adult erot­ica from his favourite chair.

Re­mark­ably, even af­ter treat­ing us to the can’t- ever- be- un­seen sight of a naked Robert De Niro get­ting his rocks off on a re­cliner rocker, it will con­tinue to be all down­hill ( and downed trousers) for Dirty Grandpa.

Dick is des­per­ate to get to Florida for a hot spring- break hook- up with any­thing with a pulse and with­out a clue.

Hav­ing tricked his goody- twoshoes grand­son Ja­son ( Zac Efron) into driv­ing him all the way there, Dick then locks his lewd li­bido in sync with that of an equally pot­ty­minded young woman named Lenore ( Aubrey Plaza).

Yep, this is in­deed the cliffhanger sure to have the rain­coat brigade breath­ing even heav­ier than usual: will the gropey grandpa get his wrin­kled paws on those dirty goods he so craves? Or will his dud grand­son per­suade him to clean up his act in time for a feel­good end­ing?

If you so much as won­der what the an­swer might be, you are not part of the so­lu­tion. You are part of the prob­lem.

And man, oh man, does Dirty Grandpa have prob­lems. Even if you sub­tracted the seedy se­ries of gags so in­sis­tently off- colour ( such as Efron get­ting mis­taken for a child mo­lester at the beach) you want to file a re­strain­ing or­der, this movie is just not funny in any way. For a com­edy on get- a- life- sup­port from its open­ing scene, that is a death sen­tence.

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