A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Frequent use of everything from "f--k" and "s--t" to "bitch" and "ass." The word "retard" is used.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.)
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