When the time comes to look back on the cinematic legacy of Robert De Niro, it’s probably safe to say that “Dirty Grandpa” won’t be a major focus of reflection. To be fair, it does find the actor doing something he’s never done before, it’s just a shame that thing happens to be an otherwise paint by numbers raunchy comedy.
Co-starring Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas and Adam Pally, the story follows a hen-pecked young man who is taught to live a little by his outrageous grandfather, when they swing by Daytona for Spring Break, during a road trip. And that’s about it, with the jokes mostly resting on De Niro being old and sleazy.
“Dirty Grandpa” opens on January 22nd.