Movie: Dirty Grandpa
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is a buttoned-down young corporate lawyer about to settle down and marry Meredith (Julianne Hough), the daughter of his firm’s senior partner in just a few days. But his grandmother passes away, and at the funeral he is practically hijacked by his grandpa Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) to drive him to Florida for some golf and a chance to get away from the house while he grieves.
So off Jason and his grandpa go in a pink Mini Cooper belonging to Meredith, and soon Jason discovers that grandpa is diverting them to Daytona Beach, where it just happens to be Spring Break. Along the way to the beach they encounter two young women that will change their lives, the sexy and wanton Lenore (Aubrey Plaza), and the lovely Shadia (Zoey Deutch). Also crossing paths with the Kelly men with scary frequency is Tan Pam (Jason Mantzoukas), who seems to have free rein in Daytona Beach to sell a large variety of controlled substances. Before we know it, Jason and grandpa are involved in escapades too raunchy to detail here, which is where the title of the film comes from. Then Jason finds he is running out of time to get home to marry Meredith, who is planning the biggest social wedding of the year in Atlanta.
Yes, I was forced to give this film a mediocre rating due to a very thin and predictable plot. Zac Efron seems incapable of making a movie without at the very least removing his shirt, and in this flick does considerably more. But this reviewer has to admit that he laughed at quite a bit of the high jinks in this movie. It’s what’s known as a guilty pleasure. You know it ain’t a good movie, but you’ll probably have fun anyway. Besides, Robert De Niro is worth seeing in any film.
Dialogue Nuggets: Jason – “Being a corporate lawyer has its upsides.” Grandpa – “I’d rather let Queen Latifah take a shit in my mouth from a hot air balloon!”
Grandpa – “I’ve got the bigger three wood.” Lenore – “Great! Maybe you can use it to hit your balls right into my vagina.”
Grandpa to Jason – “Jeez, it sounds like you’re marrying your parole officer.”
Tan Pam – “You have taken an amount that will probably kill you in about 30 minutes.”
Grandpa – “Having sex with that girl is my last stand.”
Tan Pam – “It is so easy selling kids drugs from an ice cream truck. It’s crazy!”
“De Oppresso Liber. The motto of the Green Berets.”
“You’re just a dirty old grandpa, and I’m just a girl from New York City that likes to f*ck old people.”