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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bad Grandpa


Senior Moments

7.0 out of 10 | Rental

Rated: R For strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes

Director: Jeff Tremaine
Writers: Fax Bahr, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Adam Small, Jeff Jermaine

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jackson Nicoll

SYNOPSIS:  86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.

REVIEW: Jeff Tremaine, director of all of the Jackass films, tweaks his vision to include an actual story surrounding a hidden camera exploitation effort written by a gang of writers including the director, Fax Bahr, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, and Adam Small.

Octogenarian Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville, The Last Stand) finds himself free from the shackles of marriage when his wife of over 40 years passes away. At the funeral, irving's daughter brings his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll, Fun Size) with instructions to ship the kid to his father Chuck in Raleigh North Carolina. Making a road trip out of it, Irving and Billy get into all manner of misadventures. It doesn't help that Billy seems to be more mature than his grandfather, and not have vices concerning women, stealing, and booze.

Johnny Knoxville takes a page out of the book of Borat and mixes it with his own brand of Jack-Ass-ery for a complete story sprinkled with pratfalls, vulgarity and just a little bit of heart. What could be more touching than a grandfather mourning the loss of his wife by going on a grand adventure with his young grandson?

As Irving and Billy travel from his hometown to the destination of Raleigh, Irving spends his time chasing 'tail' wherever he can find it. Of course those locales includes bingo parlors, fast good drive thru windows, strip clubs, and the front curbs of a grocery store. Billy is sometimes left to his own devices, looking around downtown city plazas for a replacement dad, looking for his grandfather at any place that has an adult theme, or hanging out with Grandpa doing inappropriate things.

Knoxville knows how to make vulgarity, toilet humor, and physical stunts work to his advantage for laughter. But the main points that sells the film are the looks of astonishment, horror, shock, and awe that the people around Johnny emote. Some of the stunts that Johnny orchestrates get priceless reactions.

Probably made on a shoestring, Bad Grandpa will not win any awards or break any box office records. What it will do is provide plenty of belly laughs and a few tears of laughter as Irving and his grandson Billy continue on their adventure together. If you are a fan of Johnny Knoxville and his sophomoric humor then this will keep you happy.

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