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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 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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
Parent of a 15 year old Written byjennyc822 February 15, 2016

Dirty Grandpa

I took my 14 year old daughter the other day. Language is strong however this is to expected. In the movie it shows the consumption of drinking and some scenes... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written byhelenbuck25 February 15, 2016

Dirty Grandpa

I really enjoyed this movie even though there was a fair amount of course language. My son just turned 15 and he really wanted to see it so I took him however h... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydainkonon January 23, 2016


Really funny comedy, but most of humor is about sex. Lots of bad language. F--K is in every sentence. Appropriate for 15 and up.
Teen, 17 years old Written byjb223 May 17, 2016

Painfully unfunny and embarrassing performances

This film is nothing more than a bunch of jokes about Pedophillia,Homophobia,Racism, and a bunch of vulgar language. Seriously was this script written by a midd... 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

For kids who love comedy

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