Flash Movie Review: Dirty Grandpa

The first time I saw a warning label printed on a product, I remember thinking why would anyone want to buy something that could harm them. It was a pack of cigarettes, I recall. The other item I remember were those plastic bags that dry cleaners used to wrap customers’ freshly laundered clothing. Today it seems as if almost everything comes with some type of warning. Some of them make sense like the ones regarding medicine and over the counter drugs. I am someone who wants to know if a drug is going to make me sleepy or loopy. Recently I bought a hot air popcorn popper and there was a warning not to submerge the base of it in water because it could be an electrical hazard. Ok, that makes sense to me. Now there are some product warnings I have seen where I think the manufacturer must be assuming the person buying their product has no common sense. Shouldn’t everyone know to lift up a hot pot by its handles? I absolutely understand companies are afraid they will get sued, but doesn’t the consumer bear some of the responsibility? Wasn’t there something in the news about a person taking legal action against a fast food chain because the hot coffee filled cup they placed between their legs, while driving out of the drive thru, spilled and burned their legs? Regarding movies, each of them comes with a rating which in a way is like a warning about the content of that particular film. None of the current ratings explain the warning one needs before seeing this comedy.    HAVING recently buried his wife Dick Kelly, played by Robert De Niro (Joy, Being Flynn), convinced his soon to be married grandson Jason, played by Zac Efron (Neighbors, That Awkward Moment), to take him on a road trip. Their trip would reveal many new surprises. I want to know how the cast which also included Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures, Ringer-TV) as Shadia, Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed, Life After Beth) as Lenore and Julianne Hough (Safe Haven, Footloose) as Meredith could do any type of press tour and not be embarrassed by this movie. This was one of the worst films I have seen in the past year. The script was vulgar, crude, obnoxious and offensive; I could go on. It is astounding that these actors agreed to do this picture, especially Robert De Niro. Sure he can do comedy but why would he set himself up for ridicule. I guarantee you when the time comes to do a tribute to him; this movie will not be included in any of the film clips of his past roles. In regards to Zac, it seemed to me as if he counted on his looks more than his limited acting skills. This movie needed a warning label so innocent people would not spend their money and unwittingly let the studio know it is okay to make a crappy film.


1 star





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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 January 25, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I won’t see that one then. We saw ‘Carol’, and liked it very much.

  2. I think one reason why actors sometimes do these movies is because they want to be a part of a classic humor movie that becomes iconic- like Raising Arizona…. Which is Not my kinda movie – but I think when actors read some of these scripts – the dumbed down humor is. It as obvious as it should be because they are thinking about some of the stupid comedies that took off and got a cult like following – or they have bad managers who do. It help enough-
    And side note – air popper? Some of the best popcorn ever is made with olive oil in a really good pot (we use caphalon and the right pot is essential) and not too much oil, but enough to cover kernels mostly – once popped – add butter and real sea salt.
    This snack now becomes an amazing dense treat with good fats/oils that give life and hydrates cells! Mmmm so good – and could never eat air popped again – lol

    • Thank you for your comments. I can see your point about being part of a cult classic; however, if he read thru the script he would have realized he made a mistake. Now in regards to your popcorn recipe; I am quite familiar with it and agree with you. However when one doesn’t use a small bowl to have an average serving size, things can get out of control. lol I’m still working off my holiday weight gain.

  3. Thanks for the advice. I think these days Robert de Niro should come with a warning sign.

  4. “Zac Efron (Neighbors,…”
    It is hard for me to believe that this is a worse movie than Neighbors. As for Di Niro, you didn’t happen to catch him in the Machete franchise, did you? What the movies all had in common was that they made money. I don’t have a problem with that, if I am so warned.

    • This is way worse than Neighbors. And get ready because the sequel to Neighbors will be coming out soon. I did see Machete and De Niro’s performance. Now I saw him in The Intern and did not mind him. Here however it is a different story. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Thank you for your ever honest opinions…everyone needs to check your reviews before viewing any new film. Since I will be closing WP soon, hope you have a web site to keep up-to-date! 😀

    • Sad to hear you are closing your site. I hope your next chapter of life is filled with good fortune and good health. Thank you for your kind words and yes I have a site: moviejoltz.com Also if you have access to Facebook feel free to send me a friend request to Moviejoltz Movies; you can see my reviews here besides Twitter. In fact, I just remembered if you go to my site and click on the follow button you will get my reviews in an email. Best wishes to you and thanks again.

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