Rated: R for crude sexual content throughout, graphic nudity, and for language and drug use. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 22, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Robert De Niro gets a flying start in this raucous comedy sitting naked in his easy chair watching a porn film and reacting to what he sees on the screen. His performance and the script for Dirty Grandpa are vulgar and probably over the top for folks who expect a quality film with a star of his value in it. But I suppose he takes the work it's how he makes a living, and one dud isn't going to ruin a long stelar career. On the other hand Zac Efron is the victim of his part in this predictable film which has him dancing naked and looking embarrassed in a role which can hurt a young performer's career.
De Niro and Efron start out on a trip proposed by Grandpa to Daytona for the spring break celebration just a few days before Efron is scheduled to marry Julianne Hough a prissy blond who plans a safe standard life for the two with money, respect and in Grandpa's mind a dull life. He has just lost his wife from a relationship[ which he expressed joy about but also a little frustration). And so when he is honest with his grandson he states he wants to have sex with an uninhibited college student. That becomes Aubrey Plaza known from TV's Parks and Recreation who steals the show. She is a completely loose woman who wants to experience many sexual adventures even someone as old as grandpa. She is strangely believable and comical.
Early on we see and hear risqué comedy and late in the film there is more which we embarrassingly must laugh at. But the script is so predictable and flat in the middle that if the viewer isn't into watching coeds in limited bathing suits, (for some that is enough) the film is a dud.