Plot: What’s it about?
While not official, I suppose the days of Robert DeNiro delivering quality films are long gone. What would compel the actor to take on a role such as this is beyond me. Here, DeNiro plays Dick Kelly who needs to take a trip after the death of his wife. He enlists his grandson Jason (Zac Efron) to do this. Jason has a bit on his plate as he’s engaged, but still decides to make the trip with his grandpa. While the trip should be simple and without issues, there are plenty of mishaps along the way. The role here isn’t really a stretch for Efron who seems to continually star in this sort of film. In fact, as of this writing, Neighbors 2 is arriving in theaters this weekend. Still, one would think he’d have a bit of better judgement than to star in this turd. DeNiro’s presence here is more puzzling and less excusable
There are very few surprises here as the film follows a formulaic plot from beginning to end. Expect plenty of lowbrow jokes as well as a cameo or two. Nothing here is even remotely amusing, and is kind of just pathetic. If the film weren’t so terribly unfunny, it might be offensive to some. As it stands, it’s simply a big waste of talent. There’s a moment of wit here and there, but it’s all surrounded by endless profanity and gross out jokes. Had this movie played up the contrast to the DeNiro character and the Efron character there might’ve been some comedy gold here. Instead, it settles for the lowest common denominator and goes for easy laughs. Gross and unfunny, Dirty Grandpa is a waste of time and talent.
Video: How’s it look?
The film might suck, but at least the transfer is nice. I sometimes run out of ways to say something looks nice, but all the pros are here. Solid colors, clean print, strong details. This won’t be a demo disc, but it presents the film as nicely as it could, I suppose. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get a serviceable DTS HD track. The surrounds do get some usage, but this is mostly a front driven film. Still, vocals are strong and clear with no issues. Some of the parry scenes add to the track as well. We get plenty of background banter among other things. This track presents the film nicely.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- The Filthy Truth: The Making of Dirty Grandpa – Your standard “making of…” featurette with the usual faire: interviews with the cast and crew as well as some behind the scenes footage.
- Daytona Heat – This shows a bit of the lighter side of the crack police force as portrayed in the film.
- Audio Commentary – Labeled as the “Filthy Filmmakers Who Have No Shame” track, it’s good to see that they have at least a little sense of humor when it comes to the movie. It’s actually not a bad listen and some of their comments do actually make sense – they just weren’t portrayed that well on screen. For what it’s worth, I’m sure that this movie does have its followers and for those this track will be a welcome addition.
- Lessons in Seduction – A look at the Lenore (Aubrey Plaza) character and some of her intentions…
- I Got Nothin’ to Hide: A Look at Daytona’s Most Vibrant Drug Dealer – A more in-depth look at the character of Tan Pam (Jason Mantzoukas).
- Gag Reel – Shenanigans on the set!
Note: For those that might be interested, this Blu-ray shipped in a sealed ‘Evidence’ bag along with a bikini top, condom (unused, thankfully), drink card with three recipes on it and a bottle of pills (which are actually Tic-Tac’s). Again, good to see the filmmakers had somewhat of a sense of humor about the whole thing!
The Bottom Line
Dirty and unfunny, Dirty Grandpa is simply a waste. I fail to see what the stars, especially DeNiro saw in this dud. Though the technical merits are generally above average, that means little if the movie itself, well, sucks. Skip it.