DE­VOID OF CHARM

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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