Dirty Grandpa

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Vulgar but occasionally funny comedy gets pretty offensive.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 19 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Amid all the raunchy stuff is the idea that generation gaps and other problems can be bridged with love and honesty. Also, marriage is serious business; don't enter it if you have any serious doubts. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jason volunteers to drive his grandfather out of loyalty and respect and gains much more. Dick doesn't make good decisions about how to communicate his feelings and concerns, but they come from the right place. 


One character nearly single-handedly takes care of a group of menacing guys in a fist fight. Car chase; one character fires a gun for fun. Many loud arguments. A character makes a crass joke that's pedophilic in nature. A man draws swastikas on another person's forehead. 


One character is shown practically naked (with only a stuffed animal covering his private parts), grinding against others while on drugs. Lots of dirty talk between a young woman and an elderly man. Spring break scenes show men and women in various stages of undress. A woman takes a picture of her pubic region, and the photo is briefly shown. A man is shown pleasuring himself while watching porn.


Frequent use of everything from "f--k" and "s--t" to "bitch" and "ass." The word "retard" is used.


Some labels/products shown, including Apple and Volkswagen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking and drug use, including weed, Ecstasy, and crack. Vapes are also shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dirty Grandpa is exactly what its title suggests: raunchy and crass. This Zac Efron/Robert De Niro comedy has messages about love and honesty beneath all the crude humor, but it's buried pretty far down, and most of the laughter is the kind that makes people cringe. Expect lots of Spring Break partying, including drinking and drug use (mostly weed, though Ecstasy and crack also make appearances); there's also plenty of dirty talk, plus some nudity (mostly partial, though a photo of a woman's pubic region is briefly shown) and an implied scene of masturbation is implied. Language is strong, with frequent use of words including "f--k" and "s--t," and there's some minor violence (fist fight, car chase, someone firing a gun).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydavei May 23, 2016

grandpa has a thing for his grandson?

not really funny, poor idiotic subjects and really i didn't get this are the producers so bad now a days? Whats with grandma constantly checking out his g... Continue reading
Adult Written byLucinaPshegubj April 25, 2016

Awful movie!

Do not let your kids watch this movie, and do not bother to personally watch it as well, unless you want to be disturbed about the fact that the legendary Rober... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byummidk April 26, 2020

Quite disturbing but interesting

Right, this movie is quite disturbing, I’m still wondering if they used real penises because if yes I’m going to throw up... Anyway, it kinda sucks but it’s fun... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2017

Very bad but entertaining

So, in this film there is over the top sex, nearly constant swearing, and lots of drugs, but give it a chance. If you have a mature 13+ kid it should be a ok fi... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's a week before Jason's (Zac Efron) wedding, and unfortunately his grandmother has passed away -- prompting his grandfather, Dick (Robert DeNiro), to fixate on a strange odyssey: He wants to drive to Florida (from Atlanta), ostensibly see a friend. But really he just wants to find someone to sleep with after years of celibacy. And Dick has another motive too: He can't help but notice that his once-adventurous grandson has become a corporate drone in need of finding his true self. 

Is it any good?

DIRTY GRANDPA is bold and in-your-face lascivious, which is almost admirable, but it tries too hard to find laughter in mostly offensive material that's also dated and predictable. Have we time-traveled back to the 1980s, when movies like Porky's reigned supreme? Were it not for the chemistry between DeNiro and Efron -- and Efron's general likability -- this movie would be a total no. It's a very thin line between irreverent and offensive, and Dirty Grandpa leans more toward the latter. (That said, it is refreshing it is to see DeNiro play another retiree who has some actual fire.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dirty Grandpa's brand of humor. It relies on crass, sexually tinged humor for its laughs; do you think it crosses the line? Who decides where that line falls?

  • How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there any realistic consequences? Why does that matter?

  • What do you think of the way the movie depicts Spring Break? How does it compare to other takes on this "rite of passage"? How accurate do you think it is?

  • Is the relationship between Dick and Jason believable? Are either of them intended to be role models?

Movie details

  • In theaters: January 22, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: May 17, 2016
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Julianne Hough
  • Director: Dan Mazer
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content throughout, graphic nudity, and for language and drug use
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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