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Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Hough, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brandon Mychal Smith, Adam Pally | Written by John Phillips | Directed by Dan Mazer
Sacha Baron Cohen cohort Dan Mazer – who produced Cohen’s movies Bruno, Borat and The Dictator – follows up his feature debut, I Give It A Year, with a Cohen-style gross-out comedy starring the legend that is Robert De Niro. This time round De Niro, in another of his comedic roles (his last The Intern was superb Fyi), he appears alongside the smouldering sex-bomb that is Zac Efron. And both of them get topless. Which should be all most of this films target audience will need to know really. But I digress.
- Phil Wheat
What’s old is new again – so it goes in Hollywood, with its seemingly infinite assembly line of remakes and reboots, and so it goes in Dirty Grandpa, the latest in a strange string of comedies all revolving around older men who leer after much younger women as part of one last, inherently sexual blaze of glory before succumbing to senility (the term Viagra cinema has been bandied around over the years, mostly to describe Sylvester Stallone’s continued residence in action schlock territory, but it certainly fits here).
There’s nothing to the inescapably pervy plot of Dirty Grandpa that you won’t get from a poster or TV spot – elderly widower Dick (Robert De Niro, continuing his career’s inexplicably controlled flight into terrain, and yes, his character’s name is actually Dick) tricks his about-to-be-married lawyer grandson Jason (Zac Efron) into driving him down to Daytona Beach, »
- Isaac Feldberg
2 items from 2016
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