If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that old people being crass is funny. At least, that’s what the makers of this film were no doubt counting on, whether they’re right or not. Still, with the promise of Robert De Niro, one of the most respected actors of all time being cruder than ever (or as some might describe it, reaching a career low), if this film can balance the low brow humour with the high brow acting the cast is capable of, it could just exceed expectations.
After the death of his grandmother, Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) reluctantly agrees to drive his widowed grandfather Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) to the spot his they spent every anniversary together. Along the way, Dick tricks his grandson into stopping off at Florida spring break in an attempt to sleep with a college girl, and all of this one week before Jason is set to get married! Hilarious.
Actually, it was. Obviously this film is a very particular brand of humour, but so much of it just worked for me. And yes, it turns out old people being crass is funny – at least when it’s Robert De Niro, who gives one of the best comic performances of his career. Through a lot of this film, I couldn’t tell if it was the script that was funny, or if it was the actors improvising, but either way so many of the jokes landed.
The only place this film falls down is that there isn’t really a lot to it beyond the jokes. The character arcs are obvious, the drama is contrived and the if they weren’t in a comedy the character motivations would be questionable at best.
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