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Dirty Grandpa another tale of men behaving crudely

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/01/2016

Pillow talk: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Dirty Grandpa
Pillow talk: Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Dirty Grandpa

Seventy-something man of mystery Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) buries his wife and emotionally blackmails his grandson Jason (Zac Efron) into driving him to their summer home in Florida.

"It's what she would have wanted," Dick assures Jason, who is a corporate lawyer in the same firm as his father (Dermot Mulroney) and is poised to walk down the aisle with his controlling fiancee (Julianne Hough).

Jason arrives at his grandfather's home and walks in on the old timer in a state of gleeful undress, enjoying a pornographic film.

The two men hit the road and are soon diverted to Daytona Beach, where Jason has a chance to reignite romance with old flame Shadia (Zoey Deutch) while perpetually libidinous Dick constantly pursues Shadia's obliging friend, Lenore (Aubrey Plaza).

But Jason's grandpa's fun is hindered by loutish college dudes Cody (Jake Pickering) and Brah (Michael Hudson).

Dirty Grandpa drinks from the same filthy glassware as The Hangover and its bromantic brethren. De Niro takes on this uncharacteristic role purely for laughs, but whether there are plenty or not is a question of personal taste.

Director Dan Mazer and screenwriter John Phillips channel a similar vibe of old men behaving crudely in this raunchy cross-generational road trip that pairs Raging Bull Robert De Niro and wholesome High School Musical alumnus Zac Efron.

At cinemas now

Three stars

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