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Why Him?

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Why Him?

20161 h 51 min
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A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter's young rich boyfriend.

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Director John Hamburg
Runtime 1 h 51 min
Release Date 22 December 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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Bryan Cranston stars in this Meet the Parents meets the Pink Panther combo (helpfully explained for younger viewers).  Although this movie has several flaws, unoriginal storyline, overlong, no real heart it still has plenty of humour and great comedy acting from a stellar cast.  Bryan Cranston can do very little wrong in my eyes and he didn’t disappoint as the buttoned up father (with a penchant for Kiss) protecting his daughter from the mega rich games developer.  We know it’s going to go all wrong before it goes all right and that’s okay.  I enjoyed the setting of the game designer’s mansion, the crazy art, the weird bespoke food and most of all ‘Justine’.  Justine is the grown up, foul mouthed, all seeing (although she denies she can actually see) all hearing version of the Amazon Dot built into every ceiling in the house.  I loved her and I want one!

Dirty Grandpa

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Dirty Grandpa

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

20161 h 42 min
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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.