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Dirty Grandpa (2016/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron star in Dirty Grandpa (2016), directed by Dan Mazer (who helmed the highly successful Da Ali G Show with Sacha Baron Cohen and produced some of his films) which was panned by critics but I found to have some pretty great laugh out loud moments.

The film starts out strong with some great laughs and then hits a the narrative pacing is compromised (namely a scene that takes place in a jail that is way too long), but the film ends on a satisfactory note overall. I don't think it deserved the critical lambasting that it received upon its original release. Here we have a new unrated version of the film (which has a few more raunchy jokes that the censors thought went too far) and the theatrical cut.

In supporting roles are Aubrey Plaza, Julianne Hough, Brandon Mychal Smith, Jason Mantzoukas, and Zoey Deutch - all of which accompany our leading men and all bring some humor to the film.

Efron plays Jason Kelly, a young man whose passion for photography sizzled out when he decided to take the safe route and work for his father's law firm and become a lawyer. Engaged to the pretty but uptight Meredith (Hough) and within a week of the wedding day, he is brought back with family for his grandmother's funeral. Eager to get out of his funk and live a little, Jason's raunchy grandfather (De Niro) tricks him into a Florida road trip where he is encounters Shadia (Deutch), to whom he went to photography school with and her two party-loving friends Tyrone (Mychal Smith) and Lenore (Plaza) that lead them to an outrageous spring break vacation that tests their limits and forces them both to part-ay. Once he finds himself smitten with Shadia, Jason must choose between the safe road of life or the hard, but more fulfilling road.

The film is full of gross out and off the wall humor that I'm sure many critics felt were too immature, but I found to be quite hilarious. If you love sex jokes, fart jokes, and Improv comedy then this is a film that you will most likely enjoy. It also presents a different kind of role for the legendary Robert De Niro. Here we see him more unchained and foul mouthed then he ever has been before and he and Efron (to whom I'm usually not a huge fan but didn't mind in this) have a good onscreen chemistry that works. The plot is pretty basic and at some moments predictable, such as a sequence involving a wedding slideshow, but establishes its thematics well. There's also an extra mid-credits scene that you may want to stick around for.

The film is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that doesn't disappoint and is high in quality throughout. Also included is the DVD in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is fine for the format but doesn't shine like the Blu-ray does.

There's also a UV Ultraviolet digital copy for your tablet or smartphone.

Extras include:

''The Filthy Truth: The Making of Dirty Grandpa" Featurette

''Daytona Heat" Featurette

''Filthy Filmmakers Who Have No Shame" Audio Commentary

''The Filthy Truth: The Making of Dirty Grandpa" Featurette

''Daytona Heat" Featurette

''Filthy Filmmakers Who Have No Shame" Audio Commentary

''Lessons in Seduction" Featurette

''I Got Nothin' to Hide: A Look at Daytona's Most Vibrant Drug Dealer" Featurette

Gag Reel

If you like gross out comedies, films like Bad Santa or The Brothers Grimsby, then you'll more than likely find yourself chuckling through Bad Grandpa. It's not a classic by any means, but not the worst film either. If you don't find this sort of humor funny then this may not be for you, as it wasn't for the majority of critics.

- James Lockhart



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