A Lot or a Little?
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Is It Any Good?
This mildly amusing intergenerational adventure serves as a melancholy reminder of how Hollywood disregards acclaimed actors like Caan, Sorvino, and Gossett in their golden years. Directed by Canadian TV veteran Erik Canuel, Undercover Grandpa explores the well-used cliche that "old folks" still have plenty to teach younger generations about, well, pretty much everything. Jake might think he knows his "senile" and nursing-home-dwelling grandfather, but the truth is far more complicated. Caan, who's no stranger to action or holding a weapon on screen, inhabits the character of Lou well, even though he'd probably enjoy having a meatier role to play. Jessica Walter, of Arrested Development fame, plays a Canadian officer who has both a professional and romantic history with Lou. As for the young 'uns, Everett and Onieogou are believable as old friends on opposite sides of the popularity spectrum who are predictably brought closer by their intense circumstances.
The team of old war friends doesn't have too much to do, which is a shame; the award-winning actors who play them deserve more substantial material. But the story's biggest drawback is the subplot surrounding the reasons Angie was kidnapped. That the villains are from a vaguely Eastern European fictional country will take viewers out of the story, and the fact they nabbed Angie for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, while plausible, is never fully explained. Still, despite Undercover Grandpa's flaws, it makes for a fairly entertaining pick for family movie night -- particularly if it's at Grandpa's house.
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