Monday, July 3, 2017

Now on Amazon Prime: Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Dirty Grandpa (2016) - Directed by Dan Mazer; Written by John Phillips; Starring Zac Efron, Robert DeNiro, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Adam Pally, Julianne Hough, Dermot Mulroney, Danny Glover.

By Kenny Howell

If Dirty Grandpa did not have Jason Mantzoukas and Adam Pally, it would be completely unwatchable.

As you can probably tell from above, they are nowhere near the top of the call sheet. They are not in the movie very much, but they are the only one that gets the tone right, and have the best lines.

Everyone else, they are trying to be as crass as they possibly can be without really being clever. It ends up being a movie made for 13-year-olds that no 13-year-old can really see. And it has Robert DeNiro in it.

DeNiro (The Intern) plays Dick, a man that recently lost his wife. He enlists his grandson Jason (Zac Efron), a corporate lawyer who is about to get married to a crazy controlling woman (Julianne Hough). Jason thinks he is just driving Dick to a place in Boca Raton, but Dick has other ideas. He has been married for a long time, and now he is going to do anything to get laid. So he makes Jason stop off at spring break in Daytona Beach.

From there, Dick's awful actions keep getting Jason in trouble. He is truly a terrible person, and you really start to hate him after awhile, when I think he is supposed to be sort of endearing. He's not. And not funny.

There are other side stories, like Jason runs into an old classmate (played by the delightful, but wasted Zoey Deutch) who really gets him because he takes photographs or something and she is a hippie or something. And Aubrey Plaza (Legion) plays her friend who is obsessed with having sex with old dudes. And somehow this movie makes Aubrey Plaza unfunny.

And then there is Mantzoukas (The House) as a gift shop owner/drug dealer named Pam (short for Pamela), and Adam Pally (Shimmer Lake) as Jason's cousin. They are by far the best part of the movie, and I kind of wanted to watch their movie instead. But that's not what we got.

Dirty Grandpa is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: *

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