Zac Efron and Robert De Niro team up for one heck of an adventure in ‘Dirty Grandpa.’ Are Zac and Robert comedy gold, or does the movie crash and burn? Here are the movie reviews for the new film!
Zac Efron shirtless? Yes, please! The 28-year-old hottie parties with acting legend Robert De Niro, 72, in their new movie, Dirty Grandpa. Does the movie hit all the right marks, or is it 2016’s first flop? The critics are weighing in!
When Robert De Niro receives his inevitable lifetime achievement Oscar, don’t expect his highlight reel to include a single clip from “Dirty Grandpa,” a brutally unfunny stab at ribald comedy that stands as the legendary actor’s big-screen nadir. Spouting an endless stream of profane one-liners, each of them more desperate to shock and offend than the last, De Niro gives it his best raunchy effort as a senior citizen who convinces his stuck-up preppy grandson (Zac Efron) to take him to Florida.
Efron, obviously thrilled to be working with an acting legend, throws himself into the physical comedy with game enthusiasm. But his penchant for constantly exposing his ultra-buff body, as if he’s chagrined that he’s never appeared in a Magic Mike movie, is wearing a bit thin…Whether he needs the money, simply loves to work, or has a strong desire to connect with a younger audience, De Niro really needs to rethink his career priorities. It’s fine for this brilliant actor to indulge his considerable comic gifts, but if he keeps doing crap like this he threatens to undo a legacy forged over decades.
Tedious and painfully miscalculated, “Dirty Grandpa” is never as filthy or funny as it thinks it is, with screenwriter John Phillips operating under the mistaken impression that if you use “f–k,” “sh-t,” “cock,” and “vagina” (or variants thereof) as a verb or adjective in any (and every) sentence (especially as an insult), it’s instant comedy gold. Instead, the approach creates a sensation where every story beat and set piece strains with failing desperation in an effort to please (an effect that is even more pronounced when the movie brings fart jokes into the mix).
The movie is so incredibly consistent in failing to land an honest laugh that about an hour into it, its not being funny becomes laughable: I began giggling with a kind of metaphysical embarrassment for everyone involved in the enterprise, and, eventually, for all of humanity itself. I see, scrawled in my notebook, the words “What is happening to our world?” Weirdly enough, the final scene with Plaza and De Niro in the latter character’s apartment does contain some rather good one-liners, which I have to assume were concocted by Plaza in an improv situation, as their verbal wit is so manifestly superior to any other spoken joke in the movie that the contrast is, again, embarrassing.
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