What it's about:
Jason Kelly is one week away from marrying his boss’s über-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track toward a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick, to Daytona, Florida, for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, "dirty" Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.
What we thought:
Dirty Grandpa may come as a shock to some, as a laugh to most and as a down right offense to others. Why? All I can say is this: It is hands down one of the most vulgar, over the top, sexual movies I have ever watched.
When squeaky clean Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is fooled into taking his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Spring break, his world is literally turned upside down and everything, according to him, that could go wrong does go wrong.
What’s at stake? The “perfect life” with the “perfect wife” and the “perfect job”, now does that sound like something to look forward to or what?!
Unfortunately when talking about the film and looking at the cast, one would think ‘hey this could be fun to watch’, however Dan Mazer took what could’ve been a great comedy and turned it into a harsh, crude escapade of chaos.
Dick is only after one thing and while Robert De Niro absolutely nails portraying an old, perverted former army general it is not exactly something to be proud of. Yes his one-liners were quick and witty but they tend to borderline between funny and seriously offensive.
It’s no surprise that the film will have you asking why such a respected actor who has portrayed award winning characters in numerous films chose to downgrade in Dirty Grandpa. But then again, De Niro has pretty much earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants and no matter what he does, he makes sure he does it properly!
Zac Efron is no stranger to this chaotic, erotic, party-themed movie. Taking films like That Awkward Moment and Bad Neighbours into consideration, he has had his fair share of crazy, fun films and while his character in Dirty Grandpa is a different approach to the normal party animal you’d expect, he delivers what we’re all used to getting from him.
Although I would love to know the amount of times the words “fuck”, “vagina” and “dick” are said throughout the film I have accepted that while very unreserved, Dirty Grandpa still got me laughing out loud more than once.
I also have to send a shout out to the starring ladies alongside these very dirty men. Julianna Hough – who plays Jason’s fiancée – perfectly portrays the OCD bride while Zoey Deutch, the free spirit who steals Jason’s heart, will pretty much steal your heart too. Finally a big kudos has to go to Aubrey Plaza, who had the “honour” of being the college girl that Dick just wants to bed. If strange, seductive and super-easy was her brief then she hit it spot on!
If I can offer one piece of advice let it be this: Don’t watch the film with your parents or on a date! If you’re looking for a fun night out with your friends however, then this is the film to see.
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