Dirty Grandpa Blu-ray Review
“Dirty Grandpa” is already one of the worst films of 2016.
After his grandmother passes away, a preppy lawyer (Jason) with a wedding on the horizon is asked by his grandfather (Dick) to accompany him on a trip to Florida. It turns out that the cursing and boozing Dick wants to celebrate his newfound freedom and is hoping to get in touch with his youth (and get laid). At first Jason is annoyed by the whole trip (especially when it lands him in hot water), but he begins to change his tune a little when he encounters a former photographer class classmate (Shadia). Jason also begins to learn that perhaps the trip was not meant for his grandfather after all…
“Dirty Grandpa” is the type of comedy that is worse than you can imagine. Not only is it a complete waste of talent (I’ll get to the cast in a bit), but there isn’t a single laugh to be found anywhere in the painfully long 108 minute runtime. The puns are atrocious, the supporting comedic characters are cringe worthy at best (Adam Pally’s Nick in particular), lines linger on longer than they should, the stereotypes and gay jokes are agonizingly bad, and the pop culture references are forced and unnatural (see the Andre The Giant line). Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering time and time again how some of these lines actually made it to final cut.
As if the “humor” wasn’t bad enough, the script by writer John M. Phillips barely has a plot. Sure, Phillips tries to throw in some “heartfelt” moments, but they don’t work at all and merely feel like a forced attempt at characterization. In reality, the story is little more than an excuse for hip old man hijinks and plenty of raunchy humor. If you want to see a movie about a dirty old man that is actually funny and has heart, just watch the infinitely superior “Bad Grandpa” instead.
As I mentioned earlier, the movie completely wastes the talents of the ensemble cast which includes Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, and, of course, Robert De Niro. How or why De Niro keeps doing these awful comedy movies is beyond me. It’s just sad to see a once legendary acting wasting his career on unwatchable tripe. I can only hope he will appear in something worthwhile again ala a Scorsese movie.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? To no surprise, this a sharp hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A loud and lively track.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* “Daytona Heat”- A comedic extra about the two goofy cops in the film.
* “The Filthy Truth: The Making of Dirty Grandpa” contains the usual film clips, cast and crew interviews, and “plot” discussions.
* A laidback and talkative commentary by Dan Mazer, John Phillips, and Michael Simkin.
* A 1 ½ minute gag reel.
* “Lessons In Seduction”- A spotlight on the Lenore character and her viewpoints.
* “I Got Nothin’ To Hide: A Look At Daytona’s Most Vibrant Drug Dealer”- A piece on the Pam character.
On a side note, I received this promotional press package which was more amusing than the film itself. It was an evidence bag that contained a bra, pills (they’re breath mints), a cocktail recipe card, and a copy of the Blu-ray.
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