DEVOID OF CHARM
LIKE House of Wax (2005) banked on people wanting to see Paris Hilton die a gruesome death, Dirty Grandpa thinks audiences want to see acclaimed actor Robert De Niro as a foul-mouthed sleaze for 100 minutes.
Basing a film, its plot and characters around a minutia of an idea or concept proves to be a backwards way to make a film; a half thought-out attempt at filmmaking with dollar signs unequivocally the main goal.
Preppy, about to be married lawyer who works at his dad’s firm Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is tasked with driving his grandpa Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) to Florida to honour a tradition after his grandmother dies.
Jason soon learns
his repeated for an unbearable amount of time.
I lost count of how many times this movie thought it was funny to point out Efron’s character looks like a lesbian, or how gay another character behaves, or that grandpa just wants to have sex.
We get it. We got it in the first 10 minutes.
I am not above a bit of lowbrow humour, I was one of the few (maybe the only one?) who got a few hearty chuckles out of the widely derided Movie 43, but Dirty Grandpa has a nasty undercurrent to it.
Admittedly, it casts a wide net of insults, taking pot shots at everyone so no one is safe from its venom, and it certainly cannot be accused of discriminating, but it is devoid of any charm.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro plumb new depths of bad taste in DirtyGrandpa.