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Dirty Grandpa review – Robert De Niro plumbs the comedy depths

28 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The great man’s late career continues to baffle as he plays a widower lusting after bikini-clad young women on a road trip with grandson Zac Efron

This grossout comedy takes De Niro fans into a new emotional phase that I can only call “post-despair”. We are past being astonished and horrified. We are done with futile complaint. We are just numbly resigned to the great man continuing to do things like this, vaguely hoping that through sheer productivity he will have a “Blue Jasmine” moment and pull something out of the bag. Dirty Grandpa isn’t that something – but there are a few gags here, and though De Niro’s ability to play comedy is always debatable, he is more relaxed than we’ve seen him in a while.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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