Sometimes you encounter a film where you just wish you could have those two hours of your life back. 2016 kicks off its cinematic year with one such feature, Danny Mazer's Dirty Grandpa. Sadly, this absurdly concocted comedy marks an absolute low point for both Robert De Niro and Zac Efron's acting careers.
A week before Jason Kelly's (Efron) wedding, his grandfather (De Niro) tricks him into taking a debaucherous road-trip to Daytona Beach during spring break. With the old man's last parting wish to defile a spry college-aged beauty (Aubrey Plaza) who has a "thing" for older men, Jason reluctantly goes along with the plan until he hits it off with a former classmate (Zoey Deutch) and puts his until engagement at risk.
Dirty Grandpa is a poorly written and predictable comedy that relies solely on male nudity and immature vulgar one-liners to steal laughs from the audience. The plot is formulaic and feels all too familiar while Robert De Niro force-feeds raunchy quips that miss far more than they succeed. This improvisational comedy fad that spawned from directors such as Judd Apatow and Adam McKay has lost its flavor. Pointing a camera at someone and having them say the craziest, most raunchy things that come to mind is no longer funny and definitely not creative. De Niro is a two-time Oscar winner who's starred in cinematic greats like Raging Bull and The Godfather: Part II. Watching him tarnish his valuable legacy in this way is an absolute tragedy and something I want no part of. There are almost no redeeming qualities to be found in Dirty Grandpa, and I suggest holding onto your hard earned paycheck by avoiding this clunker.