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Dirty Grandpa

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Dirty Grandpa

This is Jason. He's a little worried about his grandpa.

20161 h 42 min
Overview

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

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Director Dan Mazer
Runtime 1 h 42 min
Release Date 21 January 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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There were no surprises here.  A road movie with a not very unique storyline.  Straight up young guy whisked off by his recently widowed grandfather to have days and nights of debauchery in Florida. Of course this is all a rouse by clever Grandpa to encourage the young ‘un to follow his dream and not live his life to please others.  From The Graduate to The Hangover and many more in between we have seen it all before and the critics have absolutely panned this movie.  It’s rude, downright crude but that shouldn’t come as  a surprise if you’ve seen the trailers.  The humour at times is homophobic which never sits well.  I was a little confused after De Niro makes several inappropriate references and then when his ‘victim’ is attacked by bullies DeNiro defends him and makes the bully apologise with a little speech about how he’s from another time when this kind of humour was acceptable.  Writers back tracking or Grandpa being played ironically?  All that being said I did laugh out loud several times.  I suspect that some of the younger critics disgust with this movie might be about older people being horny…ewww.  We know, of course, that sex was invented by the young and to imagine that anyone over 40 indulges is pretty gross.  It was in my day too.  Ahh..the things we learn.   I wasn’t offended by the language or sexual references but what is it lately with vaginas?   It seems like every movie I see lately mentions vaginas..it’s like they’ve just discovered the word or maybe a censorship committee somewhere has just deemed it acceptable for mainstream films so directors feel obliged to pop one in, so to speak.    Dirty, dirty film, but a few laughs and I can forgive De Niro a lot.

 

Joy

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Joy

20152 h 04 min
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A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.

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Director David O. Russell
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 25 December 2015
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Movie Rating Very good
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I know I sound like an ageing X-Factor judge but did you know that Jennifer Lawrence is only 25 years old? I had to Google that last night to double check her age after the mature and assured performance I had just witnessed in Joy, the latest and much anticipated offering from David O.Russell.  Lawrence triumphs as the girl who has lost her dream as she struggles with chaos and mundanity and finds it again when she invents, of all things, a mop.  To be more accurate she find it again when she symbolically cuts her hair, puts on shades and goes baddass.

I admit it is quirky, the camera never stops and Lawrence’s bizarre and dysfunctional family are all over the place, occasionally mixed in with a TV soap opera.  It doesn’t do stereotypes for sure and we should be applauding that.    The chemistry between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper wasn’t as electric as Silver Linings Playbook but given the very different roles that was to be expected.   Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black) caught my eye as Joy’s childhood friend, Jackie.  More please!

 

 

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