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Dirty Grandpa (2016)RAGING BULLSH*T! - My Review of DIRTY GRANDPA (Zero Stars) It's no secret that… More RAGING BULLSH*T! - My Review of DIRTY GRANDPA (Zero Stars) It's no secret that January is known in the movie business as the "Dumping Grounds" for terrible films. Sneaking into theaters without the benefit of press screenings (to hide their terribleness) and nestled in between all of the Oscar hopefuls, these turkeys may manage to eke out a good opening weekend until word of mouth inevitably kills them. Sure, the occasional indie gem finds an audience at the beginning of the year, but studios make their resolutions to the tune of, "We will inflict as much pain upon audiences as early as possible and reward them with our one good movie in December". This boilerplate certainly applies to this Lionsgate entry, an easy candidate for worst movie of all time. I won't give it that distinction, however, because I reserve that title for films with some built-in level of expectation and not one, like this, that nobody truly ever expected to be good. DIRTY GRANDPA is an aggressively unfunny comedy starring Zac Efron as Jason, who at least gets naked as often as possible, as the grandson to, wait for it, his foul-mouthed Grandpa Dick (Get it? Dick? See what they did there?) played by screen legend Robert DeNiro. Upon his wife's death, Dick wants Jason to accompany him to Florida for a wild few days of fuc*king as many women as possible. There's no other way to say it and John Phillips' "screenplay" says it the exact same way over and over again. He clearly lives by the maxim, if the joke doesn't work the first ten times, try it again another ten. The complication here is that Jason is in the midst of planning a wedding with Meredith, his Jewish harpie of a fiancée played by the blond-haired, blue-eyed Mormon sweetie, Julianne Hough, in the oddest bit of casting since Mickey Rooney played Mr. Yunioshi in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. It's not that she's bad, although her big singing moment is truly embarrassing, because she has much charm and uptight poise here, but it speaks to the endlessly bad decisions made by its writer, its director (Dan Mazer who did much better with BORAT and BRUNO), and its lead actors. Efron has emerged as a truly talented actor in such films as NEIGHBORS and HAIRSPRAY, but he strikes the wrong tone in Jason. The poster wants to convince you this is the second coming of THE GRADUATE, but Dustin Hoffman was endearing there whereas Efron hits the same petulant, angry, humorless tone from beginning to end. His performance reeks of an actor bitterly disappointed that THIS was the film he'd get to co-star in with DeNiro! You're never really rooting for Jason because of his joyless attitude. As for DeNiro, whose character seems to exist just to prove that old guys can swear, he clearly commits to the role, but all I wanted to know was if he asked for a rewrite before signing his contract, because I shudder to think what the earlier draft of this swill looked like. Yes, he's so distanced from TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER II and RAGING BULL with this film, but I never thought I'd say he's also many, many, many steps down from LITTLE FOCKERS too. DIRTY GRANDPA has a great supporting cast, all who clearly enlisted to work with DeNiro, and they're all wasted. Aubrey Plaza, who plays a SLUT with a capital S-L-U-T, Jason Mantzoukas, and Adam Pally have done much better work in everything else they've ever done. It's not their fault. I see why this was made. It could have been a successor to the BAD films (SANTA, TEACHER, GRANDPA), but comedy is a tough one. It requires timing, tone, and, oh yeah, laughs, all of which are respectively misjudged, misguided, and missing from this January cinematic tragedy.
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