Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American sex comedy film about a lawyer who drives his grandfather to Florida during spring break. The film was directed by Dan Mazer and written by John Phillips. It stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, and Zoey Deutch. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing over $105 million worldwide.
Jason Kelly is a lawyer who works for his father. Jason's grandmother dies, and after the funeral, his Army veteran grandfather, Dick, asks Jason to drive him to Boca Raton, Florida. Jason is getting married to his controlling fiancée, Meredith, in one week, but decides to take his grandfather anyway.
On the way there, the two meet Jason's old photography classmate, Shadia, along with her friends Lenore and Bradley. Dick and Lenore are instantly attracted to each other. Dick tells the girls that he is a professor and that Jason is a photographer. They all go their separate ways, but Dick convinces Jason that they should meet the girls at Daytona Beach, Florida because Dick wants to have sex with Lenore. The two go to a golf course, where Dick flirts with two women.
At Daytona Beach, they meet up with the girls and the girls' friends, Cody, and Brah, with whom they compete in beer chugging. That night, a drunk Jason, wearing nothing but a Hornet fanny pack, parties and smokes crack cocaine that he gets from a drug dealer named Pam. He steals a motorcycle and wakes up the next day on the beach. During an awkward FaceTime with Meredith, a boy grabs the fanny pack and takes it off; his father suspects Jason of being a pervert and calls the police, who promptly arrest Jason. Dick bails him out, and the two visit Dick's old Army friend in a nursing home. They meet the girls again and enter a flexing contest with Cody and Brah; when they lose, Dick alters a T-shirt cannon to fire a beer can at the winning duo, hospitalizing them and stay at their place. After Dick reveals to Jason that he was a member of the Special Forces, the two go to a nightclub with the girls. Dick gets into a fight with some men after they bully Bradley for his homosexuality. The next day, Jason goes to a protest with Shadia and she tells him that she is leaving soon and going to live on a ship for a year.
That night, Jason plans on telling Shadia who he really is, but before he can, Cody does an online search on him and tells Shadia that Jason is already engaged. Jason then gets caught with drugs and is thrown into jail again. The next day, Dick bails him out and tells Jason that his real reason for the trip was to convince Jason not to go through with the wedding. Jason leaves Dick and drives back home.
During his wedding rehearsal, Dick hacks into the computer system, revealing embarrassing photos of Jason during the party. Jason says that he cannot marry Meredith, who reveals that she had an affair. He, Dick, and Pam use Pam's ice cream truck to catch up with the bus that Shadia is on as she is leaving. Jason and Shadia kiss and he get on the bus with her. Dick goes to his house in Boca Raton and finds Lenore there waiting for him, and they have sex. Dick and Lenore get married and have a baby, and Jason and Shadia are named the godparents.
Why It Sucks
- Both Jason and Dick are unlikable.
- Bad acting and performances.
- Stale, unfunny jokes that seem forced and just downright fall flat.
- The characters are portrayed as nothing but annoying, horny stereotypes.
- There's a scene where we actually see Dick masturbating (it doesn’t help that the scene is uncensored) while watching a porno, which he calls "going #3".
- The dialogue is nothing but the foul-mouthed, offensive language and explicit-related topics.
- Julianne Hough has cringe-worthy singing in this film (as shown in the wedding scene).
- Pointless romance sub-plot between Dick and Lenore.
- Disturbing sexual content.
- A numerous amount of clichés.
- The film can't decide if the main focus is supposed to be either Jason or his grandfather, Dick.
- Laughable premise.
Dirty Grandpa received negative reviews from critics and audiences. The film holds an approval rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 2.8 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Like a Werther's Original dropped down a sewer drain, Dirty Grandpa represents the careless fumbling of a classic talent that once brought pleasure to millions." Richard Roeper awarded the film a rare zero star rating and stated: "If Dirty Grandpa isn't the worst movie of 2016, I have some serious cinematic torture in my near future."
Dirty Grandpa opened at #4 during opening weekend with a domestic gross of $35 million dollars and $58 million dollars in foreign countries. Overall, it got a gross of $105.2 million dollars against it's $25 million dollar budget.