Parents' Guide to

Undercover Grandpa

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intergenerational rescue adventure has some peril, language.

Movie PG-13 2017 99 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

Underrated action packed star studded comedy

This movie surprised me for not being as bad as what the other reviewers claimed. While not appealing enough to interest my 16 yr old son, my 14, 12, and 9 year old daughters and son have been laughing non-stop at the antics of undercover grandpa. While this is not a big budget Mission Impossible flick, it still holds its own in terms of action, and while the discriminating adult cinephile can pick out the plot holes, there is an undeniable emotional arc that ultimately elevates the importance of our relationship with our elders and the value of their lives to us, and to society. This is a fun movie. I recommend it for families as a family values movie at its heart. However, for those who may hold ultra-conservative religious views, or those who may find topics related to the military or war offensive, you may want to look for a different movie.
age 18+


Not for kids. In fact I found it offensive.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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