Flash Movie Review: Bad Grandpa

There was only one set of grandparents by the time I was born. My grandfather was a quiet, religious man who would always play checkers with me whenever I asked him. When I think about my grandmother; I remember watching her cook or bake, barely using any measuring cups or spoons. Some of you will think this is an odd memory, but I cannot think of one time where I saw my grandmother sitting on a sofa. She would always sit in a chair, letting anyone who wanted to relax to take the couch. The two of them were everything one would want in a grandparent. They never yelled or disciplined any of their grandchildren; the closest they came would be to stare at one of us with a short shake of their head. Compared to 86 year old Irving Zisman, played by Johnny Knoxville (The Last Stand, The Ringer) in this comedy, my grandparents were living in a coma. When Irving’s daughter was sentenced to prison; it was up to him to drive his 8 year old grandson Billy, played by Jackson Nicoll (The Fighter, Arthur), cross country to be with his father. Along the way Irving exposed his grandson to people and places that were never mentioned in any child rearing manuals. If you dislike practical jokes, chances are you will not like this film that sprung out of the Jackass film franchise. After the first Jackass film, I thought the rest went quickly downhill. The thing I liked about this crazy movie was the fact it had a story outline and it stayed with it. Johnny was impressive in his ability to stay in character, never laughing at the wild scenes he created along with the other writers. I thought Jackson did a wonderful job with the way he used his sad eyes and face of resignation at the right times. There were some scenes that were so outrageous I could not help but wonder if the innocent bystanders actually knew what was going on. Having seen the trailers for some time now, I was worried they showed the best parts of the movie. They did take a little of the surprise away from me, but most of the scenes still had a little extra oomph to offer in this funny film. I actually laughed out loud during several episodes. Almost every family has one relative who is considered the crazy or wild one. It is all relative though when you stack them up against Irving Zisman.


2 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 28, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Thanks for this review. I wasn’t sure it would be a quality movie, and maybe it isn’t. But if it does some of what you say it does, it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend an afternoon!

  2. I’ll probably skip this one. I’m so sick of Hollywood’s constant bombardment of toilet humor and raunch. I knew this one would spend a lot of time wallowing in full Garity and the like. On the flipside I also know it’ll have an audience. I just won’t be one of them.

    Anyway, sorry for the sermonizing. Solid review as always.

    • No need to apologize Keith. I looked at this film as being a new generation’s Candid Camera; if you know what I am talking about. Reality TV and its stars have ruined the entertainment business in my opinion. This film was a stupid kind of fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts; they are always appreciated here.

  3. we recently met up with my fiancee’s son in n y as he was deploying again to afghan. it would not have been our choice of the movie to see but it was his weekend so we went. along with us, his seventy + year old grand parents. we laughed out loud the whole way through. stupid humor, but there are times in our life when you need this humor, laughing without thinking. this movie fit the bill!!!!!

    • I agree with you, this film was just sit back and laugh without a care. It really is wonderful how you all made it a family affair. Please thank your son for me for everything he is doing for his country. Be well, be safe.

  4. Theatre of Pain

    I just watched this last night on BR and though I can appreciate it having a story, the film really wasn’t that funny. I laughed when Bad Grandpa was at the strip club and while at the beauty pageant but overall, I didn’t think the movie was as funny as the original Jackass franchise with the first movie being the funniest of the three. For a movie in a similar vein, I would recommend Borat starring Sasha Baron Cohen as I found it to be laugh out loud funny from beginning to end.

    • I agree Borat was really something special. I have seen a few of the Jackass films and besides a streak of meanness, the stunts are imaginative to say the least. Bad Grandpa had more of a story for me. Once again thanks for your comments.

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